Monday, January 14, 2013

Winter 2012-13 Snow Drought (As of Jan. 14)

The  Snowfall Season for Lincoln, NE, is defined as the period from October 1- May 1.

The 2012-13 Snowfall Season to date (October 1, 2012 - January 14, 2013) has seen only 5.1 inches of snowfall in Lincoln, NE.  Last year at this time, Lincoln had only received a Snowfall Season total of 4.9 inches.

The lack of snowfall last winter and so far this winter is in stark contrast to the Winter of 2009-2010.  As of January 14, 2010, Lincoln had received  31.2 inches of snowfall and the city was buried under almost two feet of snow with temperatures that would not rise above freezing to melt the snow-pack (SEE PHOTO BELOW).

October 1, 2012 - January 14, 2013 Lincoln Snowfall:  5.1 inches of snowfall
October 1, 2011 - January 14, 2012 Lincoln Snowfall:  4.9 inches of snowfall
October 1, 2009 - January 14, 2010 Lincoln Snowfall:  31.2 inches of snowfall

Several other recent winters have also seen a lack of snowfall (also known as a "snow drought") for this time period, for example:

October 1, 2001 - January 14, 2002 Lincoln Snowfall:  1.9 inches of snowfall
October 1, 2002 - January 14, 2003 Lincoln Snowfall:  1.2 inches of snowfall
October 1, 1999 - January 14, 2000 Lincoln Snowfall:  3.8 inches of snowfall

LINK: January 2010 Snowfall Photos

There are two photos below:  January 14, 2010 and January 14, 2013

January 14, 2010:  Deep snow along the side of a Lincoln, NE residential road

January 14, 2013:  Same view as above.  The scene is slightly different since a townhouse has been added to the left of the red car blocking a building seen in the above photo. And the hill in the distance has been removed.

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