February fifth snowiest on record, professor says

Even though it’s just 16 days away from Spring, the cold and snow of this winter are still topics of conversation.

February was the fifth snowiest since record-keeping began in 1932 with 25.7 inches of snow, according to Dr. Timothy W. Hawkins, professor and graduate program coordinator in Shippensburg University’s geography-earth science department. It was also the eighth coldest with an average temperature of 27.6 degrees F and the 17th wettest with 3.44 inches of rain.

Following are some statistics for winter from last December through February:

  • The average temperature was 28.0 degrees F,
  • This is the 10th coldest winter.
  • The coldest winter was 1978 at 24.5 degrees F.
  • Daily record low temps were set on Jan. 4, 6 and 7, and Feb. 12.
  • One daily record high temp was set on Dec. 22.
  • If there is no more snow this winter, this will be the 21st snowiest winter at 43.1”
  • The snowiest winter was 1996 with 93.4”
  • Average annual snowfall is 35.9”

The geography-earth science department maintains weather readings and data at http://webspace.ship.edu/weather.