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WINTER WEATHER IN VERMONT 2006-2007 January 6, 2007

Posted by thenaturalist in Winter.
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Is this going to be known as THE YEAR WITHOUT A WINTER? November and December combined were the warmest on record. January has been running nearly 20 degrees above normal. The most obvious cause is the jet stream high above Canada that keeps blocking the frigid Arctic air near the North Pole from plunging south. The JET STREAM is a high-level current of fast-moving air that steers weather systems. It often veers southward in the winter, allowing icy air to race south, but this winter the jet stream is farther north than normal, blocking the cold air and allowing warm air from the south to drift northward. Roger Hill, a Worcester weather watcher who operates a Web site called Weathering Heights, says he finds the warmth disconcerting. “It’s 25 percent global warming and 75 percent a weird, anomalous weather pattern,” Hill theorizes. Meteorologists note that the winter is still young and there’s no reason massive snowstorms or 20-below-zero cold snaps can’t strike in late January or February. (Matt Sutkoski, BFP, 1/6/07)

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COLD WINTER OF 2002-2003 March 3, 2003

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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)

WINTER 2001-2002 March 1, 2002

Posted by thenaturalist in Records, Winter.
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The winter of 2001-2002 was the first in Vermont’s recorded weather history in which the temperature did not fall below zero.

COLD WINTER OF 1976-77 March 1, 1977

Posted by thenaturalist in Cold Weather, Records, Winter.
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The record for subfreezing temperatures is 51 days, which occurred in the winter of 1976-1977. (Matt Sutkoski, BFP, 2/1/03)