Meteorological winter has come to an end and the official winter statistics are in and they are stunning. It was the 5th coldest winter in northwest Arkansas since 1892 and the 13th coldest winter since 1882 in the river valley. To sum it all up our area had an average winter IF we lived 225 miles further north near Kansas City, Missouri.
The Raw Numbers
December averaged 3.2 degrees colder than average for the river valley and 3.6 degrees below average for northwest Arkansas. January was 1.1 and 1.3 degrees below average respectively and february was 5.8 degrees below average in the river valley and 7.0 degrees below average in northwest Arkansas. As a whole, this winter has been 3.4 degrees below average in the river valley and 4.0 degrees below average in northwest Arkansas.
Comparing 2009-10 to previous winters
This winter was tied for the 13th Coldest winter since 1882 and 8th snowiest season since 1950.
This winter was tied for the 5th coldest season since 1892 and the 9th snowiest season since 1940.
Harshest Winter In A Decade
It was the coldest winter in 9 years and the snowiest in 10 years (however we are now tied with 1999-00 at 11″, if any more snow falls it will be the snowiest in 22 years)
It was the coldest winter in 26 years and the snowiest in 7 years
Here are a few bonus statistics for the month of February
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