The #WorstWinterEver in Review - KMSP-TV

The #WorstWinterEver in Review

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Meteorologist Cody Matz Meteorologist Cody Matz

The numbers are in and they are just a bad as you would imagine, but there are some stats that may surprise you. It was certainly the tale of 2 seasons nationwide with the eastern two thirds of the country below average and fairly wet and the west coast exceedingly dry and very warm. Overall, the nation had a below average winter with temperatures about a degree shy of normal and precipitation was also sub average coming in at the ninth driest winter on record thanks to the cold dry air and lack of any heavy rain almost anywhere. Minnesota had its 6th coldest winter on record with 6 other Midwest states coming in with their top 10 coldest. Contrast that with the west coast with California having its warmest winter on record and Arizona having its 4th warmest on record. As you can imagine, the state was quite wet too with Minnesota in the top 25 for wettest winters. But nationwide, regionally the stats were hit or miss with the exception of the Southwest with California, Arizona, and New Mexico having their third driest on record. Below is a look at the rankings for precipitation and temperature across the country.


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