Second Warmest Winter in Connecticut

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By Kevin Arnone on March 7, 2012, 8:00pm

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The weather in Connecticut the past year has been one to remember starting with an earthquake in the summer, Tropical Storm Irene and the freak Halloween snowstorm. On top of all that according to NOAA it has been the second warmest meteorological winter of the 117 winters kept on record. When I heard this I decided to do a little research and I came up with some interesting numbers. Using the NOWData I checked out how this winter compared to the past 30 winters. This is what I came up with.

(All temps are in Fahrenheit and for Bridgeport, CT) December 2011 had an average high of 49.2, average low of 33 and an average temperature of 41.1. January 2012 had an average high of 43.3, average low of 28.1 and an average temperature of 35.7. February saw an average high of 46.4, average low of 31.1 and an average temperature of 38.7.

The climate data for the past 30 years of Bridgeport looked like this. December average high is 42.3, average low of 28.4 and average temperature of 35.3. January's average high is 37.1, average low of 23.1 and average temperature of 30.1. For February the average high is 39.7, the average low is 25.2 and the average temperature is 32.4.

Lastly I crunched some numbers and compared this winter to the average winter data. This December the average temperature was 5.8 F above average. January was 5.6 F above average and February was 6.3 F above average. So in conclusion, this meteorological winter was 5.9 F above the normal average. I thought this was very interesting!!!

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Kevin Arnone

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