Tuesday, February 14, 2012

White Valentine's Day

Many people desire snow on Christmas Day and Mother Nature cooperates with a White Christmas a little more than 30 percent of the time in Lincoln. I'm not sure we would call the 2009 Christmas blizzard an act of cooperation on her behalf, but I digress.

On the other hand, for those of you who think having snow on the ground makes Valentine's more romantic, your chances of having snow on the ground are statistically better on Valentine's than on Christmas. Over the last 40 years, 1 inch or more of snow has been on the ground on Valentine's Day 18 times, or right at 45 percent of the time.

Valentine's Day is statistically a bit warmer than Christmas though and we're getting into that time of year where the differences between the record low and record high can approach 100°F. For example, today's record low of -15°F and record high of 75°F is a difference of 90°F. The difference between the record low maximum and record high maximum is almost as impressive: -4°F and 75°F. In other words, the high for Valentine's in Lincoln has been as cold as -4°F and as warm as 75°F. Today's forecast of 39° is well, painfully average. But there's snow at least right?

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