The winter that was

And wasn’t, depending on where you live

Last month averaged above-normal in much of Georgia on the thermometer, while for the nation as a whole it was almost a top 10 cold February since 1950 with many cities recording a top 5-10 cold month. Damage was done to citrus crops in South Texas and sugarcane in Louisiana and to wheat in the Great Plains.

The map below shows the lowest temperature of the winter at the official recording sites shown, individual towns not shown could have much lower or higher values:

For the country as a whole this past winter (December-February) finished 1.4 degrees F below average in the lower 48 while wet areas were scattered about:

WINTER 2020-21 PRECIPITATION:

While Atlanta had no real full out snow or ice storm, the mountains did well and a few areas in the far NE suburbs had one brief event. On the other hand we must have set a record for the number of “curiosity events” of snow flurries, sleet, and graupel that occurred in parts of Metro Atlanta the past three months. I’ve never seen so many of these dusting or less things in almost 35 years here!

Where it has snowed in the winter of 2020-2021:

My outlook for this winter issued back at the start of November turned out pretty accurate for our area, my outlook for the previous winter 2019-20 was not good.

For daily updates and tidbits follow me on Twitter @MellishMeterWSB.

Kirk Mellish

Meteorologist

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