Winter... Where Are You? :(

The winter of 2011-2012 has been pretty quiet on the wintry side... but on the other hand... it has been a very interesting mild run!

The mild weather has pretty much ran the show for this winter. The NWS Jackson put some numbers together and some other odds and ends. I have included it here for ya.

I really see a pattern shift coming though... maybe over the next week or two. It looks like winter might truly arrive fashionably late!

...THE MILD EASTERN KENTUCKY WINTER OF 2011-2012...

WITH THE PERSISTENT WARMTH AND LACK OF WINTRY PRECIPITATION ACROSS
EASTERN KENTUCKY THIS WINTER...YOU MAY BE WONDERING HOW THIS YEAR
COMPARES WITH OTHER WINTERS.

AT THE JACKSON NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST OFFICE THE DECEMBER
2011 TO JANUARY 2012 PERIOD RANKS AS THE SECOND WARMEST DECEMBER
JANUARY PERIOD ON RECORD.

THE TOP 5 WARMEST DECEMBER TO JANUARY PERIODS ON RECORD FOR JACKSON
IN DEGREES FAHRENHEIT.

2001-2002   41.9
2011-2012   41.7
2006-2007   41.2
1998-1999   41.0
1988-1989   40.9

IT IS INTERESTING TO NOTE THAT THE COLDEST DECEMBER JANUARY PERIOD ON
RECORD AT JACKSON WAS JUST LAST YEAR...WHEN TEMPERATURES FROM
DECEMBER 2010 THROUGH JANUARY 2011 AVERAGED 29.5 DEGREES...OVER 12
DEGREES COLDER THAN FOR THE SAME PERIOD THIS YEAR.

AT LONDON KENTUCKY THE DECEMBER 2011 JANUARY 2012 PERIOD HAS ALSO
BEEN WARMER THAN NORMAL...BUT NOT QUITE AS WARM AS AT JACKSON. THE
AVERAGE TEMPERATURE FOR DECEMBER 2011 TO JANUARY 2012 AT LONDON WAS
40.4 DEGREES. THIS TIED FOR THE TENTH WARMEST DECEMBER TO JANUARY
PERIOD ON RECORD FOR LONDON.

THE TOP 5 WARMEST DECEMBER TO JANUARY PERIODS ON RECORD FOR LONDON IN
DEGREES FAHRENHEIT

1971-1972   42.3
2006-2007   41.8
1973-1974   41.5
1998-1999   41.2
1990-1991   40.7

FOR DECEMBER 2010 TO JANUARY 2011 THE TEMPERATURE AT LONDON AVERAGED
29.8 DEGREES...MAKING THAT THE FOURTH COLDEST DECEMBER TO JANUARY
PERIOD ON RECORD...AND OVER 10 DEGREES COLDER THAN FOR THE SAME
PERIOD THIS YEAR.

AN EVEN BIGGER STORY SO FAR THIS WINTER HAS BEEN THE LACK OF
SIGNIFICANT COLD AIR OUTBREAKS. SO FAR THIS WINTER THE LOWEST MINIMUM
TEMPERATURE RECORDED AT JACKSON HAS BEEN 17 DEGREES...WHILE THE
LOWEST MINIMUM TEMPERATURE AT LONDON HAS BEEN 16 DEGREES.

THE WARMEST MINIMUM TEMPERATURE EVER RECORDED FOR AN ENTIRE WINTER
SEASON AT JACKSON WAS 11 DEGREES IN THE WINTER OF 1997-98. FOR LONDON
THE WARMEST MINIMUM TEMPERATURE EVER RECORDED FOR AN ENTIRE WINTER
SEASON WAS 10 DEGREES IN THE WINTER OF 2001-2002.

THE LACK OF MAJOR COLD AIR OUTBREAKS OVER THE PAST COUPLE OF DECADES
REALLY BECOMES APPARENT UPON EXAMINATION OF THE COLDEST TEMPERATURES
RECORDED EACH WINTER SEASON AT BOTH JACKSON AND LONDON.

SINCE CLIMATE RECORDS BEGAN AT JACKSON IN 1981...TEMPERATURES HAVE
FALLEN BELOW ZERO IN 9 SEPARATE WINTERS. THE TEMPERATURE FELL BELOW
ZERO IN 8 OF 16 WINTERS FROM 1980-81 TO 1996-96...BUT FELL BELOW ZERO
IN ONLY ONE OF 16 WINTERS SINCE.

FOR JANUARY 1981 THROUGH THE WINTER OF 1995-96 THE AVERAGE COLDEST
TEMPERATURE RECORDED AT JACKSON DURING THE WINTER SEASON WAS -3.9
DEGREES FAHRENHEIT. FOR THE 16 WINTERS SINCE...THE AVERAGE COLDEST
TEMPERATURE RECORDED AT JACKSON HAS BEEN 5.3 DEGREES.

WITH CLIMATE RECORDS AT LONDON DATING BACK TO 1954...THE LACK OF
MAJOR COLD AIR OUTBREAKS IN THE LAST COUPLE OF DECADES IS EVEN MORE
PRONOUNCED. AT LONDON TEMPERATURES FELL ZERO IN 30 OF 42 WINTERS FROM
1954-55 THROUGH 1995-96...BUT HAVE FALLEN BELOW ZERO IN ONLY ONE OF
THE 16 WINTERS SINCE.

FROM THE WINTER OF 1954-55 THROUGH THE WINTER OF 1995-96 THE AVERAGE
COLDEST TEMPERATURE RECORDED AT LONDON DURING THE WINTER SEASON WAS
-6 DEGREES. SINCE 1996..THE AVERAGE COLDEST TEMPERATURE RECORDED AT
LONDON DURING THE WINTER SEASON HAS BEEN 4.6 DEGREES...OVER 10
DEGREES WARMER THAN FOR THE WINTERS FROM 1954-55 THROUGH 1995-96.

THERE HAS ALSO BEEN A LACK OF SNOW SO FAR THIS WINTER...WITH ONLY 4.2
INCHES BEING RECORDED AT THE JACKSON NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE.
HOWEVER...THERE HAVE BEEN 5 OTHER WINTERS WHERE EVEN LESS SNOW HAD
FALLEN BY THE END OF JANUARY. THE NORMAL SNOWFALL FOR OCTOBER THROUGH
JANUARY IS 12.6 INCHES. THE LEAST AMOUNT OF SNOW RECORDED FOR AN
ENTIRE WINTER SEASON WAS 6.4 INCHES IN 1991-92.

THE LEAST SNOWIEST OCTOBER TO JANUARY PERIODS ON RECORD FOR JACKSON
IN INCHES.

1990-1991   1.2
1991-1992   2.5
1988-1989   3.1
2006-2007   3.5
2007-2008   4.0
2005-2006   4.2
2011-2012   4.2

THE LATEST LONG RANGE OUTLOOK CALLS FOR A CONTINUATION OF ABOVE
NORMAL TEMPERATURES FOR THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY...BUT THERE IS ALSO
SOME INDICATIONS THAT A MORE WINTRY PATTERN MAY SET UP ACROSS THE
EASTERN UNITED STATES FOR AT LEAST A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME AFTER THE
MIDDLE OF FEBRUARY. IT ALSO BEARS TO KEEP IN MIND THAT IN SOME
WINTERS THE COLDEST TEMPERATURES HAVE OCCURRED IN MARCH...WITH BELOW
ZERO TEMPERATURES EVEN BEING OBSERVED. ALSO...EVEN IN OUR LEAST
SNOWIEST WINTER...1.7 INCHES OF SNOW WAS RECORDED AT JACKSON IN
APRIL.

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