We're 2/3 through winter, meteorologically speaking


I knew that headline would grab your attention. Meteorological winter is classified as the months of December, January and February. Therefore with this being the first of February, we are technically 2/3 of the way through the coldest months of the year. Now, you know that when it comes to winter here in Minnesota, we don't play by the rules. In fact, we make up our own set of rules.

We see snow roughly 6 months out of the year here in Minnesota. The six months when the white stuff flies are November through April. Yes, I know we see flakes as early as September and as late as May, but for this blog we will ignore those. I hope you don't mind. So, if you count the snow season, we are only half way through winter as of the end of January. Check out the look at the average snowfall in a season compare to what we have accumulated so far for the 2014-2015 snow season. I've done the math for you and so far we are at 64% of average for our flakes.

If you want to get technical and count the real winter season, defined as the time between the winter solstice on December 21 and the spring equinox on March 20, then the first week of February means that we are half way through that definition of winter.

Let's add some temperatures to the equation. To do that, easily at least, I want to use Minnesota winter, November through April. We are half way through and so far we are pretty average.

The average temperature for November-January is 23° and we were 23.3° for those months in the 2014-2015 winter.

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