Winter's Bite Felt Across East This Year
March 23, 2014
By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Andrew Rosenthal
If it seemed like the past winter was unusually snowy in the East, you`re probably right. With the exception of a few cities, snowfall totals exceeded seasonal averages by 15 to 35 inches this year.
While there have been years that one portion or another of the East is slammed by heavy snow, these usually result in other areas seeing a below-average season. What was different about this year was that nearly everyone saw above-average totals.
Caribou, Maine, currently leads the charge, with 131.9 inches of snow this season. This is 36.2 inches ahead of the average of 95.7 inches. Nipping at its heels is the typically snowy Syracuse, N.Y., where 129.6 inches have fallen. However, Syracuse averages 115.8 inches.
Many cities have crushed their average snowfall this winter. Toledo, Ohio, has seen 84.8 inches of snow, a far cry from the average of 34.8 inches in a typical year. Likewise, Philadelphia has measured 67.6 inches of snow, crushing the average of 21.4 inches.
All locations of the Northeast, Midwest and Mid-Atlantic have tallied well-above average snowfall totals, with only the Carolinas right around average. Of all the East Coast cities, only Savannah, Ga., Charleston, S.C., Wilmington, N.C., and Raleigh, N.C., sit below average for the 2013-14 winter season.
While Spring officially started on Thursday with the Vernal Equinox, Old Man Winter may have another trick up his sleeve. An area of low pressure is likely to slide along the East Coast Tuesday and Wednesday, teaming up with cold air to produce a fresh dose of snow from the Carolinas to New England. At this point, it looks as though the heaviest snowfall will remain offshore, but even so, more snow will be added to the gaudy seasonal snowfall totals.
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Source: National Weather Service Eastern Regional
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