For the Northern Hemisphere, in particular, it was a scorcher. Only 2006/07 is close and there are only five years within even 0.5ºF, which is a big number when talking about average climate over an entire hemisphere.
In the contiguous US, we were a country divided. The entire Pacific coast and much of the southwest saw their warmest Dec-Feb on record. Most of the remaining mountain west was much above average. Most of the east was below average, but no climate zones has a top-10 coldest winter.
However, February was a fairly exceptional month in the east with many climate zones in the upper midwest and the north east observing their coldest or 2nd coldest February on record.
Adding to the intensity of the winter in the east, especially during February was an active storm track, with winter storms affecting the southeast and record snowfall observed along the Massachusetts and Maine coasts. Boston and Worcester set all time records for snowiest February and winter. Frequent storms and persistent cold led to a remarkable snowpack. In Eastport Maine, snow depths increased from 0 on the 24th of January to 78.5 inches on the 16th of February. If only Utah enjoyed such a storm cycle this year!
|Data Source: NOAA/NOHRSC|
Global temperature analyse show what a remarkable February that it was in the eastern US and eastern North America as a whole, which was by far the coldest region on the planet relative to climatological averages. In contrast, western North America and a vast swath of Asia and Africa were well above average. The Heat Miser is winning, but Snow Miser can still have his fun from time to time.
For Utahn's, the main question now is can we set the all-time low snow record at Alta? I'm now giving that a 60% chance. The countdown is on!