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THE WINTER OF 2002-2003.

THIS PAST WINTER FEATURED BELOW NORMAL TEMPERATURES WITH AVERAGE
PRECIPITATION AND ABOVE NORMAL SNOWFALL ACROSS MANY LOCATIONS.
CLIMATOLOGICAL WINTER INCLUDES THE MONTHS OF DECEMBER...JANUARY AND
FEBRUARY RESPECTIVELY.

IT WAS THE COLDEST WINTER IN NINE YEARS SINCE 1993-1994. HOWEVER
NONE OF THE LISTED LOCATIONS REPORTED THIS WINTER TO BE WITHIN THE
TOP TEN COLDEST. NEVERTHELESS IT WAS A STARK CONTRAST TO THE WINTER
OF 2001-2002 WHICH WAS THE MILDEST ON RECORD. THE AVERAGE
TEMPERATURE THE WINTER OF 2002-2003 WAS NEARLY 10 DEGREES COLDER
THAN 2001-2002.

Monthly tabulation of snowfall totals - for Southern New England, including Cooperative Reports.
 

 Daily Temperature plots for Hartford, CT. - BDL
 Daily Temperature plots for Boston, MA.- BOS
 Daily Temperature plot for Worcester, MA. - ORH
 Daily Temperature plots for Providence, RI. - PVD
 
Temperatures
Winter of 2002-2003
by Month
(deg F)
December January February
Location  Average   Normal   Departure   Average   Normal   Departure   Average   Normal   Departure 
BOSTON 33.2 34.8 -1.6 24.1 29.3 -5.2 26.4 31.5 -5.1
PROVIDENCE 32.9 33.8 -0.9 25.1 28.7 -3.6 26.1 30.9 -4.8
HARTFORD 29.8 30.8 -1.0 20.9 25.6 -4.7 23.7 28.8 -5.1
WORCESTER 28.1 28.9 -0.8 17.7 23.6 -5.9 21.6 25.9 -4.3

 Graph of Monthly Temperatures for Winter 2002-2003
 
Temperature Comparison
(deg F)
Winter 2002-2003 Winter 2001-2002
Location  Average   Normal   Departure   Average   Normal   Departure   Change 
BOSTON 27.9 31.9 -4.0 37.9 31.9 +6.0 -10.0
PROVIDENCE 28.0 31.1 -3.1 36.4 31.1 +5.3 -8.4
HARTFORD 24.8 28.4 -3.6 35.2 28.4 +6.8 -10.4
WORCESTER 22.5 26.2 -3.7 33.1 26.2 +6.9 -10.6


 Daily Precipitation and Snowfall graphs for Hartford, CT. - BDL
 Daily Precipitation and Snowfall graphs for Boston, MA - BOS
 Daily Precipitation and Snowfall graphs for Worcester, MA - ORH
 Daily Precipitation and Snowfall graphs for Providence, RI - PVD
 
Precipitation
Winter of 2002-2003
by Month
(inches)
December January February
Location  Actual   Normal   Departure   Actual   Normal   Departure   Actual   Normal   Departure 
BOSTON 5,30 3.73 +1.57 1.81 3.92 -2.11 4.21 3.30 +0.91
PROVIDENCE 5.15 4.14 +1.01 2.04 4.37 -2.33 3.75 3.45 +0.30
HARTFORD 3.78 3.60 +01.8 2.16 3.84 -1.68 3.39 2.96 +0.43
WORCESTER 4.51 3.80 +0.71 2.36 4.07 -1.71 4.43 3.10 +1.33

 Graph of Monthly Precipitation for Winter of 2002-2003
 
 
Precipitation Comparison (inches)
Winter 2002-2003 Winter 2001-2002
Location  Actual   Normal   Departure   Actual   Normal   Departure   Change 
BOSTON 11.32 10.95 +0.37 7.78 10.95 -3.17 +3.54
PROVIDENCE 10.94 11.96 -1.02 6.94 11.96 -5.02 +4.00
HARTFORD 9.33 10.40 -1.07 4.90 10.40 -5.50 +4.43
WORCEST 11.30 10.97 +0.33 6.56 10.97 -4.41 +4.74



 
Snowfall
Winter of 2002-2003
by Month
(inches)
December January February
Location  Actual   Normal   Departure   Actual   Normal   Departure   Actual   Normal  Departure 
BOSTON 11.1 6.9 +4,2 4.2 13.3 -9.1 41.6 11.3 +30.3
PROVIDENCE 11.8 6.5 +5.3 4.0 10.6 -6.6 24.7 9.3 +15.4
HARTFORD 14.1 8.4 +5.7 14.6 14.3 +0.3 21.4 10.7 +10.7
WORCESTER 29.8 11.7 +18.1 22.0 15.9 +6.1 38.9 13.6 +25.3

 Graph of Monthly Snowfall for Winter of 2002-2003
 
 
Seasonal Snowfall Comparison
through the end of February
(inches)
2002-2003 Season 2001-2002 Season
Location  Actual   Normal   Departure   Actual   Normal   Departure   Change 
BOSTON 60.5 32.6 +27.9 13.4 32.6 -19.2 +47.1
PROVIDENCE 46.3 29.1 +17.2 13.8 29.1 -15.3 +32.5
HARTFORD 61.1 36.9 +24.2 N/A 36.9 N/A N/A
WORCESTER 97.7 46.8 +50.9 30.1 46.8 -16.7 +67.6

Stats by: Neal Strauss

Last Modified:  Mar 14, 2003
 
 



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