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Old 01-08-2015, 07:57 AM
 
Location: At my house in my state
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I can't tell since I moved to a new state. IT seems very cold this year, all around the USA. How does it compare for you a year ago when we had chicago at like -40 windchill
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Old 01-08-2015, 08:33 AM
 
Location: Milwaukee
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Well, to gain perspective, last winter was by far the worst winter of my life, and I'm in my 40s. It was top 5 coldest and snowiest all-time, which as northerners know, is a rarity. Usually you will get one or the other, as it snows the most near 32 degrees and you rarely see much accumulation as the temperatures approach 0.

This winter I went hiking throughout December, and many days were sunny and 40s (and even 50s). It was beautiful and mild and we didn't have any snow (a couple nights it snowed and then melted the next day), though it rained a lot and felt like an Washington/Oregon winter. This week, we're in the middle of the first cold stretch (plus a few inches of snow), and it feels like last winter. But on Sunday it looks like it will be back to the usual highs in the upper 20s and it doesn't look like it will be snowy.

So: last winter was the worst one ever, and this winter started out as one of the mildest; the jury is out on whether this cold snap was an aberration or the beginning of a rough (late) winter.
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Old 01-08-2015, 08:57 AM
 
Location: Near the Coast SWCT
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I can't tell since I moved to a new state. IT seems very cold this year, all around the USA. How does it compare for you a year ago when we had chicago at like -40 windchill
lol, Arctic "storm".

Well, how did you want to compare? Minimum temps? Average temps? Temps aloft? 2 day average minimums? 7 day average max? 2 week average temps? # of records?

Boston went below zero this morning. They didn't go below zero all last year and that was with a snowpack! Does that count? Temps aloft were a bit colder today than last years cold blasts..

Columbus Ohio lowest temp last year was -11F. This year is -5 so far (this morning)
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Old 01-11-2015, 03:31 PM
 
Location: Near the Coast SWCT
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Decided to compare. This arctic air did not rank as cold as last years shots.

There were 2 in January last year here:

Arctic Shot 2014 VS Arctic Shot 2015.

BDR: Bridgeport, CT


January 01-09, 2014 (9 Days)
Average Temp: 22.3° (5th Coldest on record)
Max Average: 31.7° (7th Coldest on record)
Min Average: 13.0° (3rd Coldest on record)

January 22-30, 2014 (9 Days)
Average Temp: 19.1° (3rd Coldest)
Max Average: 25.9° (3rd Coldest)
Min Average: 12.3° (5th Coldest)

January 6-10, 2015 (5 Days)
Average Temp: 19.1° (7th Coldest)
Max Average: 25.2° (7th Coldest)
Min Average: 13.0° (8th Coldest)

The max average is colder this year only because there's a couple less days and it didn't start on the 1st like last year. I'm loving that minimum average look. Why cant that be the norm!
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