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“NORMAL” WEATHER January 7, 2002

Posted by thenaturalist in Definitions, Statistics.
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Burlington is a slightly warmer place than it was, according to the National Weather Service’s shifting concept of normal. All it took to warm the city up was a recalculation of weather statistics. On January 1, 2002, the National Weather Service began using the average conditions from 1971 to 2000 to define “normal” weather. Before meteorologists used a 1961-1990 average. The 1960s were relatively cool. The 1990s were warm. As a result, a normal year in Burlington is 0.7 degrees warmer than it was.

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