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Old 04-20-2012, 10:55 PM
 
Location: NC
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35" +

in my current location, 10" +
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Old 04-21-2012, 04:42 AM
 
Location: CT - close to coast
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5 feet of snow in 4 weeks 2 winters ago a.l.m.o.s.t impressed me here on the coast.. So it Takes a lot to impress me after that. but then it warmed up so I wasnt impressed at all.

Good Winter = 60" total & temps stay under 40 all season.
Impressive Snowfall = 100" total
Flabergasted = 175" total
Want = Unlimited"
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Old 04-21-2012, 05:12 AM
 
Location: USA East Coast
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Hard for me to answer - a good winter is a Casablanca summer

But, yeah, if I'm forced to live in a cold climate, I'd enjoy regular snowfalls instead of crappy cold rain like in Paris or London.
I'm with you...lol.

This winter most of the Tri-State area (NY/NJ/CT) had only a single light snowfall (only 10 to 15 inches totally the whole season)...that's my kond of winter!
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Old 04-21-2012, 02:41 PM
 
Location: Valdez, Alaska
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We got 215 inches last year (2010/2011) and people are still complaining about what a crummy snow year it was. The 435 we got this year was great, but it would have been a lot better if it had fallen more evenly throughout the season, instead of mostly in December and early January. I don't know now if I'd want to live anywhere that got less than 150 inches. Thirty inches in a month here doesn't even feel like its really snowed any.
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Old 04-21-2012, 03:18 PM
 
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No snow
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Old 04-21-2012, 05:32 PM
 
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It's all relative to average.

This winter locally was terrible by all standards. No snowstorms, no extreme cold outbreaks, no lake effect snow, etc.
On top of all that, it started late and ended early.

I think anything greater than 10 inches above average qualifies as good.
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Old 04-21-2012, 06:41 PM
 
Location: Top of the South (Nelson), NZ
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5-6 metres/15-18 ft is enough to keep me happy.
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Old 04-21-2012, 08:37 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia, PA
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At least 50 inches, which is what my area received last year. It was a great winter not only because of the amounts, but snow was on the ground for a long period of time.
That's a good point about snow being on the ground for awhile. I remember 2006 we had a 15 inch snowstorm that basically all melted with a couple 50 degree days later in the week. In 2007, we had several small storms but the snow stuck around for awhile because it was so cold. I guess it's no good getting 50 inches of snow if it all melts quickly because you have too many mild days interspersed.
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Old 04-22-2012, 05:02 AM
 
Location: Laurentia
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That's a good point about snow being on the ground for awhile. I remember 2006 we had a 15 inch snowstorm that basically all melted with a couple 50 degree days later in the week. In 2007, we had several small storms but the snow stuck around for awhile because it was so cold. I guess it's no good getting 50 inches of snow if it all melts quickly because you have too many mild days interspersed.
You've hit on the big point - winters are comprised of snow and cold in combination, not just one or the other. I'd also throw in wind myself because that's a major control on the storm strength, blizzards, and more wind adds to the wintry character of an environment. But for simplicity's sake, stick to cold and snow (you can also find those two more easily on climate charts).
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