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One of the Most “Miserable” Starts to Winter on Record

It’s already one of the coldest and snowiest starts to the winter season in parts of the Northeast, Midwest and Plains, and we haven’t finished November yet.

According to the Accumulated Winter Season Severity Index (AWSSI) from the Midwest Regional Climate Centre, 74 cities from New England to the Plains and Rockies have seen an extreme season-to-date of cold and snow.

Cities categorised as having an extreme winter ranked in the 99th percentile of the index.

A combination of persistent cold from the Northeast and a pair of brutal winter storms, Avery and then Bruce, gave winter a fast start.

Five of those extreme cities in the Northeast had a record extreme start to winter:

  • Berlin, New Hampshire: This northern New Hampshire town crushed its previous record-to-date by picking up 18.6 inches of snow – more than six times its average snow-to-date of only 2.9 inches – and logging six days in which highs did not rise above freezing.
  • Burlington, Vermont: Burlington picked up almost triple its average season-to-date snowfall and had seven days during which temperatures did not rise above freezing.
  • Caribou, Maine: This town in northern Maine already picked up roughly one-quarter of its average seasonal snow even before winter officially arrived. Snow from Winter Storm Bruce is still falling as Nov 27. Add 11 days which the daytime high didn’t rise above freezing, and you can see why the index is at a season-to-date record.
  • Jackman, Maine: Similar to Berlin, Jackman’s 14 days of freezing or colder high temperatures and more than double its average season-to-date snowfall – almost 20 inches, as of Nov 26 – put it on a record early-season pace.
  • New York City: Winter Storm Avery dumped Central Park’s second heaviest November calendar-day snow on record – 6.4 inches – as well as a pair of days that failed to rise above freezing: Thanksgiving and Black Friday.


The other locations in the extreme 99th percentile were Washington D.C., Detroit, Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Louis, Des Moines, Omaha, Kansas City, Little Rock, and Oklahoma City.

It was the third coldest November-to-date through the 26th in both Kansas City and Little Rock, according to the Southeast Regional Climate Center.

Winter Storm Bruce pushed Chicago’s O’Hare Airport to its snowiest start to a season in records dating to 1958. It has already received 12 inches of snow.

In an average year, it takes until the second week of January for O’Hare to receive that amount.

For the full article from weather.com, click here.

November still has three days to run, and there’s yet more snow on the forecast.

The Grand Solar Minimum continues it’s intensification, as predicted.

Cold records are falling.

Early snowpack is building.



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