National Climate Report - May 2013
Winter vs Spring Snowfall

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Winter vs Spring Snowfall

The winter season (December 2012-Feburary 2013) was warmer than average for much of the eastern U.S. limiting snowfall in many locations across the nation. Following the warm winter, temperatures were much colder than average for the north-central U.S. during March and April, with some locations having March temperatures actually colder than the preceding January's temperature. The below-average temperatures during the spring were also accompanied by above-average precipitation. This scenario led to many cities having spring snowfall totals that were greater than their winter snowfall totals. This graphic and table below illustrate a select list of stations that had snowfall totals during the spring of 2013 that were greater than the winter of 2012-2013.

March 2012 statewide temperatures
Location Winter (DJF) Total Winter (DJF) Normal Spring (MAM) Total Spring (MAM) Normal
Barrow AK10.48.717.58.0
Bismarck ND18.126.328.713.7
Casper WY20.029.953.025.4
Cheyenne WY27.822.248.723.8
Duluth MN41.549.576.620.5
Fargo ND28.729.431.312.1
Glasgow MT24.020.425.07.8
Goodland KS22.716.836.011.5
Lander WY41.828.058.937.7
Reagan National DC 1.513.61.61.3
Richmond VA3.
Rochester MN31.733.042.212.0
Scottsbluff NE10.519.521.313.7
Sioux City IA20.721.124.38.3
Springfield IL13.517.519.62.8
StLouis MO13.614.314.32.7
Williston ND16.