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Where did the snow fall last season 2013-2014?

Where did the snow fall last season 2013-2014?

While we’ve been busily looking ahead toward next season (El Nino, Other Models, Farmer’s Almanac), we should also take a moment to remember last season.

Tony Crocker has a summary of the top resorts here, and below I summarized the season in visual form.

But before getting to the maps, I wanted to share two quick nuggets about last season that are at the top of my mind:

- In February 2014, Jackson Hole recorded snow on all but three days of the month (25 of 28 days). This snowfall totaled 143 inches or 11.9 feet.

- On 14 consecutive days between January 29 and February 11, 2014, Monarch Mountain in Colorado measured snow each day for a total of 123 inches or 10.25 feet.

Ok, now on to the maps:

winter snow ski conditions

Each map shows how things were compared to average. For temperatures, the eastern half of North America was cold while the west coast was warmer than average. For snowfall, the northern Rockies and mid-Atlantic were well above average. Source: NOAA

 

winter snow ski conditions

The coldest air was generally focused on the central and eastern part of the US while the southwest saw above-average temperatures for most of the winter. Source: NOAA

 

winter snow ski conditions

The mid-Atlantic and southeast saw above average snow/ice/rain in December, while February and March dumped well above-average snowfall on the northwest and northern Rockies. Source: NOAA

I like looking at the season in monthly chunks because it can show the timing of great (or bad) conditions even if the season as a whole was the opposite.

JOEL GRATZ

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