Storms on that southern track often reached the Atlantic, headed north, and then steered to the left into mainland Canada. That brought them a fair amount of snow and brought us some warmer weather - from the north east!
The southern storm track did bring several snow storms to New York to Atlanta, and on Feb 12, a graduate student, Patrick T. Marsh, decided to try to collect photographs of snow from all 50 states. For a while he thought Hawaii was snow-free, but folks at the observatory poked around the north flank and found a couple patches.
Our first snow was on December 5th, kicking off snow cover from the 5th through to February 28th. December had peak snow on the ground of about 8". January started out cold, but the second half was warmer. We did get a a sub-zero low on the 30th, so the winter ws cold enough. February had generally warming temperatures throughout. One large coastal storm brought hurricane force winds to New Hampshire and took out power for some 30% of the state. The last day I recorded snow on the ground was Feb 28.
|Poland Spring ME||0.1||0||19.5||156||30.2||308||9.7||73||0.7||3|
|Mt. Mansfield VT||8||22||4.5||49||38.3||738||42.3||1556||46.1||1916||5||2701||34||1557||0||701|
|Poland Spring ME||60.2||540||9.0|
|Mt. Mansfield VT||178.2||9240||51.9|
|Dennis Bollea||Fairhaven MA|
|A Cadoret||Woonsocket RI|
|Wayne Cotterly||Poland Spring ME|
|Paul Hansen||Marlboro MA|
|Jim Hilt||Bow NH|
|Chris Seeber||Charlestown RI|
|Paul Venditti||Pepperell MA|
|Ric Werme||Penacook NH|
I think depth days is a great statistic, and I'm surprised that it is catching on slowly outside of the NE Weather Spotters mail list. I never expected that the NWS would embrace it quickly, but I had hoped that TV meteorologists would start using it, in monthly summaries, if nothing else. It would be nice if ski areas would use it, but they may not wish to if they are not likely to be #1 consistantly. (And if only one area reports depth days, it would not be a good comparative statistic.) The University of Vermont has graphs of snow depths at Stowe through many seasons.
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