Unprecedented Snowfall In Burlington, Vt
This winter season turned out to be quite a bonanza for folks who like snow, but for those of us who don’t this has turned out to be a lengthy and painful ordeal. As much as I like my job, making CPA websites is no way to keep yourself in good form.
We’ve gotten a ridiculous amount of snow here. Burlington, like most of NW Vermont, Burlington has almost doubled the seasonal snowfall average this year, and the winter’s not even over yet!
According to a study done by the National Weather Service in Burlington, VT, the area should receive an average of 67.4 inches of snow from October through April. They conducted a long term 30 year study to come up with this figure. I’ve broken down the average annual value into months below to get a better idea of what can be expected on a monthly basis.
Average Monthly Snowfall Totals
How much has Burlington received so far?
As of March 23rd, when I ran these figures, we had seen 127.1 inches! Our snowiest month so far has been February with a total of 43.1 inches. 11.3″ of the monthly total came on February 2nd when a very vigorous low pressure system moved through the Ohio River Valley early in the day and rapidly moved ENE’ward toward southern Nova Scotia. It did get worse though. We had a couple days in early march that humbled the hardiest of us. Between March 6-7th, Burlington received 24.3″ of snow! 17.1″ of that 24.3″ fell on the 7th and produced a daily record!
Below are the monthly totals that we have received for this year. When October and November occurred, I was beginning to think that we were going to have another below average season. I never thought that we’d crush our seasonal average the way the season had begun.
2010-2011 Snowfall Totals for Burlington, VT
March 28.8″ (As of March 23rd)
What about the remainder of the season?
So Burlington, VT is way above normal for the year, but were we going to see any more snow? I took a look at the short range models for the next 5 days and the long range models that went into early to mid April. Between March 24-25th, we did have the chance to see some total snow accumulations between 1-3″ but beyond that time period, I really didn’t see another chance for snow until the beginning of April. With the current long range forecast that was in play, it seemed possible we could see another 2-5″ of snow between April 01st through April 08th.
What it boils down to is this… It’s been a very white winter. According to the records I was looking at, which go back to 1884, we’ve never seen this much snow before. I must say, as eager as I am for winter to end it will certainly be a very dreary mud season.
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