How Did This Binghamton Meteorological Winter Compare With Other Years?
As I scan over the weather forecast for the first week of March, my mind turns to the realization that it can only get better from here. Spring is just under three weeks away. Of course, that doesn't mean we won't see more snowstorms or nasty winter weather taunt us for the rest of March and maybe into April.
Did you know that February 28th was the last day of the Meteorological Winter? In the meteorological world, winter begins on December 1st, spring on March 1st, summer on June 1st, and Fall on September 1st. According to NOAA:
"Meteorologists and climatologists break the seasons down into groupings of three months based on the annual temperature cycle as well as our calendar."
This way, it's easier to calculate seasonal statistics from the monthly statistics. which is useful for agriculture and commerce among other purposes according to NOAA.
According to the National Weather Service Binghamton, the winter season had lower than normal snowfall. The Binghamton area normally sees 58.4 inches of snow from December 1st to February 28th (or 29th.) This year, the total was 39.3 inches. The 2020-2021 winter season for those three months was 94.3 inches. I'm glad we didn't have a repeat of that season.
Currently overall for the Astronomical Winter, the Golden Snowball website lists Binghamton with 44.9 inches of snow, with a normal amount at 66.9 inches, so even within the average year, we are well below. Out of the five New York State cities listed on the Golden Snowball website, Binghamton comes in a number 4, behind Buffalo, Rochester, and Syracuse. Albany is last with 24.5 inches of snow so far this season.
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