Before we get to this year’s forecast, I would like to hold myself accountable and go through how we did last year.
Last winter was cold for the North Central United States with warmth prevailing in the southern corners.
Let’s go through the highlights from last year’s Wintercast. I expected a slow start a warm start and then a mild finish to the forecast period. That’s a thumbs up as we had to wait until after christmas for lasting cold and we finished the end of March with highs near 60.
I expected overall temperatures to be slightly above average but colder than the year before. That’s neither thumbs up nor down. It was warmer than average, but it ended up being slightly warmer than the year before.
I called for precipitation to be near to above average. It ended up being wetter than average, thanks to a very wet February. Another thumbs up.
I called for below average snowfall. Another big checkmark as we had about 2″ below average, it would have been much lower if it weren’t for that lone storm in March.
Lastly I said we would have more mixed precipitation. Given. That we had less snowfall but still wetter weather than usual, this is another checkmark.