As far as the snow season goes, we've got off to an average start through December. Compared to last year, we're ahead of last December's data and ahead of last season's totals on some metrics. That says a lot more about how exceptional last season was with its amazingly low snowfall.
January was a bit of an upside down month. It was both warmer than average, suggesting a northerly storm track, but the southern stations received more snow, suggesting a southerly storm track. The most notable storm was 1.1 inch of sleet, freezing rain, and more sleet. Then some more rain and freezing weather to turn it into armor plating. It's quite rare to get that much sleet from one storm here.
|Poland Spring ME||2.8||6||31.9||155||8.4||240|
|Mt. Mansfield VT||11.5||89||18.1||152||53.2||1091||25.9||1661|
|Poland Spring ME||43.1||401||9.3|
|Mt. Mansfield VT||108.7||2993||27.5|
|Dennis Bollea||Fairhaven MA|
|Wayne Cotterly||Poland Spring ME|
|Steve Gunn||Bristol NH|
|Paul Hansen||Marlboro MA|
|Jim Hilt||Bow NH|
|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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