This years winter: how does it stack up to the rest?

By: Brandon Orr
By: Brandon Orr

Meteorologist Brandon Orr crunches the numbers of this winter to see just how snowy it really is.

Weather records for eastern Kentucky are taken in London and Jackson. The records for Jackson, KY in Breathitt County date back to the early 1980s at our local National Weather Service office. So far this year, they have recorded 24.6" of snowfall. Other locations may have higher amounts than this as Jackson only recieved a couple inches from the big snowfall this past Thursday. Despite this, Jackson has already surpassed their average seasonal snowfall of 23.5". I created a bar graph to compare snow totals for the past 10 winters.

While a warmer pattern is setting up for the coming work week, some of our long range computer models suggest a return to winter shortly after. We also look at other signals around the earth that suggest the warm pattern does not stick around for long and climatology agrees. Since records began in Jackson in the early 1980s, there has only been one winter that did not produce at least a trace of snow in March.  In a nutshell, enjoy the warmth this week while it lasts! But first, we have to get through a little bit of light snowfall tonight. A weak storm system will clip by from the northwest. This system is very moisture-starved, so it will likely only produce a half inch or less of snow accumulation. Some roads could be slick at times early Sunday morning. Our FutureCast suggests the snow will be streaming through the area after midnight through sunrise.

To sum up today's blog post... don't let the warm weather this coming week fool you! We still have plenty of winter to go.

-SkyAlert Meteorologist Brandon Orr (Connect with me on Facebook!)

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