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Winter reaches 5th coldest on record

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You wouldn't know it by looking outside, but Saturday is the first day of Meteorological spring. The first official day of spring is just 19 days away now. Meteorological winter starts December 1st and runs through February 28th (or 29th on a leap year). This makes it easier to calculate uniform statistics on each season since the first day of the new season varies each year. So that means we now know how this winter stacks up in the records in terms of cold. Surprise, surprise the last time we had a winter this cold was in 1977-78. The average temperature was 20.5° which was 7.4° below normal. That is the 5th coldest winter in the 142 winter seasons on record which is very rare. If you are surprised we only rank #5 on the list, keep in mind December was relatively normal overall. Temperatures were only a couple degrees below average. So in other words if this pattern would have started a couple weeks earlier in December we probably would have given 1977-78 another run for its record.
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