Saturday, March 2, 2013

Winter 2013 Final HDD standings

The meteorological winter is now officially over and the final numbers for Heating Degree Day (HDD's) are in for all Big 10 cities. Remember that HDD's are calculated as a departure from a daily average temperature of 65°F and accumulated over a period of time. In this case, the results shown are the accumulation of HDD's from December 1, 2012 to February 28, 2013.

As expected and keeping with climatology, Minneapolis, MN is the winner by over 400 HDD's. Badger fans may be disappointed they are losing the season series with the Gophers in hockey but it's hard to say if they mind finishing behind them in HDD's. In any event,  Madison, WI is the clear runner-up with 3643 HDD's. Thanks to a stronger start, Lincoln, NE edged out Iowa City, IA for 3rd place. Ann Arbor, MI and Evanston, IL (Chicago) were in the middle and Bloomington, IN finished 1 HDD behind Columbus, OH to finish in last place for the season.

Without further adieu, here are the final standings for the 2012-2013 winter, with a comparison to the 2009-2010 winter to show how this reasonably mild winter compared to a cold one.

Location Winter 2013 Winter 2010
Minneapolis, MN 4049 4339
Madison, WI 3643 3971
Lincoln, NE 3351 4109
Iowa City, IA 3347 3942
East Lansing, MI 3271 3566
Ann Arbor, MI 3199 3509
Evanston, IL 3152 3583
State College, PA 3005 3316
West Lafayette, IN 3001 3514
Champaign, IL 2968 3715
Columbus, OH 2741 3276
Bloomington, IN 2740 3348

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