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COLD WINTER OF 2002-2003 March 3, 2003

Posted by thenaturalist in Winter.

The winter of 2002-2003 was the coldest winter since 1978-1979. Burlington’s average temperature for December, January, and February was 17.6 degrees. The average temperature for the same period in 1978-1979 was 16.9 degrees. The coldest winter on record was 1917-1918, when the temperature averaged 12.1 degrees. Normal winter seasons in Burlington average 20.9 degrees. Last winter (2001-2002) was the warmest on record with an average temperature of 28.7 degrees.

Other 2002-2003 statistics: Low temperatures hit zero 24 times. The temperature dropped to minus 10 on eight days. The high temperature never got above 3 degrees on 66 days. Temperatures failed to warm to even 10 degrees on 10 days. It’s not surprising that Lake Champlain froze over this winter. ( BFP Staff Report, 3/3/03)



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