Some of the same may happen this season, but Joe D'Aleo is looking for more snow in northern New England than last year.
Through November there was little snow. Penacook seemed to be a local maximum for a 0.8" show shower (hardly a squall) on the 27th, and there was a little in southern New England a couple weeks before. December was bare until the 23rd, when a 1" snowfall gave us a very marginal white Chrstmas. Two days later a 7.7" storm finally made it look like Christmas.
Snow continued in January, a 16.6" on the 12th and no thaw during the month made it look and feel like mid-winter. Several of the storms went south of Penacook and were crippling storms in southern New England and New York City area. February brought nearly as much snow to Penacook as we had in January but less to the southern areas. Little snow fell in March, but the 31 inches on the ground March 1st plus March and April snow maintained snow cover through April 2nd.
|Poland Spring ME||0.3||0||14.9||71||29.4||333||31.7||664||10.3||420||11.4||26|
|Mt. Mansfield VT||23.1||96||8.2||120||44.5||724||35.2||1288||28.2||1832||24.8||2756||13.8||2561||3.3||790|
|Poland Spring ME||98||1514||15.4|
|Mt. Mansfield VT||181.1||10167||56.1|
|Dennis Bollea||Fairhaven MA|
|A Cadoret||Woonsocket RI|
|Wayne Cotterly||Poland Spring ME|
|Paul Hansen||Marlboro MA|
|Jim Hilt||Bow NH|
|Andrew Plona||Collinsville CT|
|Jot Ross||Ashland MA|
|Chris Seeber||Charlestown RI|
|Rick Tracy||Groveland MA|
|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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