Lack of winter snow is noteworthy

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Wednesday's 1.2" of snow was the largest single day snow officially in Indianapolis since December 17, two months ago. There hasn't been much business in the snow business recently.


Meteorological winter will close on Saturday, and we will shut the books on 'winter,' sort of. The months of December, January and February are the winter months are classified as meteorological winter. These are the peak snow production months annually with 22" of the annual 25.9" falling.

If you feel the winters have really been weak, you are right. This will be the sixth straight meteorological winter below normal, and by a lot.

The total amount of snow since December 1 is 11.6", or about half the normal and down 5" from last season. The "winters" of 2016/2017 and 2017/2018 failed to even produce 10" of snow!

The overall snow season that begins in October and can last into early May (yes May, and many of you can recall it snowing when the track was open in the late 80's) has been lack luster as well, but oddly, there have been more impressive snows out of season.

We had nearly 3" of snow this past November, bringing the total snowfall to 14.4", but that is still 8.5" below normal to date.


Three of the past six Marchs have produced more snow than the previous Januarys. Could this year be another one? Just two years ago, the largest snow of the season -- 10.2" -- came on March 24! We still have a long way to go. Meteorological spring only averages 2.8" of snow, a rather low number and quite easy to beat.

Digging deeper, four of the past seven springs have produced above normal snowfall. Spring 2013 and 2018 were among the snowiest on record. Stay tuned!

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