Only one U.S. state has yet to pick up any snowfall this season, a rather impressive feat considering it’s not even December yet, let alone the start of winter.
According to an analysis of seasonal snowfall from NOAA, Florida is the only state that hasn’t seen snow so far this season — late Nov is one of the earliest dates this feat has ever been achieved.
A combination of persistent cold from the Northeast to the Plains to the northern and western Gulf Coast, and a pair of expansive winter storms, Avery and then Bruce, gave this winter weather season a fast start.
Through Nov 28, dozens of cities from Maine to Kansas to Texas and the Deep South were on pace for one of their 10 coldest Novembers on record, according to the Southeast Regional Climate Center.
And areas accustomed to snowfall have gotten off to a fast start to the season, too.
Here are just a few examples:
- New York City: Winter Storm Avery dumped Central Park’s heaviest November snowfall (6.4 inches) since a Nov. 24-25, 1938 storm dumped 8.8 inches in the city.
- Chicago: Winter Storm Bruce clinched O’Hare Airport’s snowiest start to a season in records dating to 1958. It has already received 12.7 inches of snow through Nov. 28. In an average year, it takes until the second week of January for O’Hare to receive that amount.
- Kansas City: The city witnessed a record earliest-in-season measurable snow on Oct. 14. Winter Storm Bruce dumped another 5.8 inches of snow, the snowiest start to the season through Nov. 28 at KCI Airport (7.8 inches) in records dating to 1972.
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And as we head into December, the record cold and snow don’t show any signs of abating:
Dec 04th GFS TEMP ANOMALY (1981-2010)
GFS TOTAL CONUS SNOWFALL (Dec 01st – Dec 11th)
The cold times are here.
Grand Solar Minimum