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WEATHER STATISTICS NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 2006 January 6, 2007

Posted by thenaturalist in Statistics.
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In Burlington, Vermont:

42.8 degrees = mean temperature in November 2006, tying the record for the second warmest November on record.

32.6 degrees = mean temperature in December 2006, tying the record for the second warmest December on record.

12 inches = inches of snow that has fallen in Burlington this winter. Normal is 27.5 inches by January 4

7 days = number of days that have remained at or below freezing this winter.

21 degrees = the lowest temperature in November 2006

-3 degrees = the lowest temperature recorded in any November.

8 degrees = the lowest temperature recorded in December 2006

-29 degrees = the lowest temperature recorded in any December

A long period of warm, wet weather started in 2005:

46.4 degrees = mean temperature in 2005 (departure 1.2)

39.41 inches = precipitation in 2005 (departure 3.36)

48.1 degrees = mean temperature in 2006 (departure 2.9)

46.99 = precipitation in 2006 (departure 10.94)

2006 was the third-warmest and third-wettest year on record in Burlington.

1891 = warmest year (mean temperature 48.5 degrees)

1998 = wettest year (precipitation 50.42 inches)

The last time temperatures in Burlington fell to:

0 degrees = February 26, 2006

10 below = January 28, 2005

20 below = January 15, 2004

25 below = January 29, 1994

(National Weather Service, South Burlington)

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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.