For Rochester, MN with thanks to the NWS La Crosse
Because we like to keep cleaner records, our meteorological winter begins December 1st and ends the last day of February. It’s nice to say that winter’s over…now if only the weather would catch up with that, eh?
This past meteorological winter of ’08-’09 in Rochester was colder and snowier than normal. It sure seemed cold (because it was), but you may (or may not) be surprised that our average temperature this winter was not even close to being as cold as other winters in Rochester, e.g. 1978-79, ’77-’78, ’35-’36 just to name a few. This past winter was the 24th coldest winter on record and the coldest since 2000-’01.
The statistic that surprised me the most was of this being the 3rd snowiest winter in Rochester’s recorded weather history. Our snowfall records in Rochester date back to 1893. Most of this winter’s snowfall came in the month of December when we recorded a whopping 28.6″ of snow…17″ above the climatological average snowfall for the month. January received 9.8″ of snow (2.1″ below January’s average), and February, 8″, which is pretty much right on the nose for February’s average.
For the record, March is the 3rd snowiest month in Rochester, but we can typically count on spring weather kicking in by the last week of March. Bring it on, I say.
Posted under climate, Rochester, winter weather
This post was written by Randy on March 5, 2009