Snow can be gentle and a welcome site. It can also be monsterous and life-threating. Either way, it all adds up throughout the year.
The common question we all have this time of year, “how much snow has fallen so far across the state?”
Here’s a look at some of the snow totals across the state so far this year. Some of these numbers may not be what you think. For instance, Ashley has seen almost 65″ of snow so far this year. We had several systems that impacted this area a little more than the rest of the state.
Here’s a look at our averages for the year. It’s also important to note that these numbers are all over the place. Snow doesn’t fall in uniform all Winter.
But when I compared the numbers, here are the areas that are above average for the Winter so far. Ashley is, no surprise, above average. They have actually doubled their averages.
But something just as important as the numbers themselves is how we get them. Getting consistent and accurate snow reports are vital to climatological data. We need a running total to get an average. That average number comes from consistent reports over thirty years.
A question I get often is, “why don’t you have a snow report for my town?” It’s simple. I haven’t gotten a report. Snow isn’t like rain. We don’t have a gauge that can send us a number. We need measurements by hand.
You may be surprised to know that many aren’t measuring snow correctly. First, if you know a snow storm is coming and you already have snow on the ground, you could measure before and after the storm. When you head out to take your measuement, walk away from your house, any buildings, fences or trees. These can often have an impact on how much accumulates.
Then it’s as simple as taking a ruler or a yard stick and measuring several locations. Sometimes it just takes two or three. Take the average of those locations and that’s what you send in to us
Historically speaking we could still get a little snow through May but here are our average monthly snowfall numbers. As you can see, we’re not out of the snowiest months just yet.
If all this snow talk has you feeling down, we are 28 days from Spring. By then our average teperature is in the 40s.