2010 So Far…Two Months Under Our Belt

Due to some of the extreme winter weather we have been subjected to recently, the profile for the start of the year is an interesting one.

The graph above is produced by the National Weather Service office in Sterling, VA. In general it shows:

  • January Temperatures were at or above normal
  • February temperatures were at or below normal
  • January precipitation & snowfall were below normal
  • February precipitation & snowfall were above normal
  • 2010 total precipitation(liquid) is running below normal (by .64″)

The extensive snow cover in February may be partially responsible for the month’s chilly temperatures, along with other factors in the weather pattern during the month. January’s dry conditions outweighed the February snow, resulting in a slight deficit in this year’s precipitation so far.

John Collins

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One Response

  1. Did the snowstorms on Feb. 5/6 and Feb. 10 meet the criteria of being an official blizzard? Or were they just extreme snowstorms? Thanks!

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