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Historical Perspective for 2008–2009 Seasonal Snowfall

Historical Perspective for 2008–2009 Seasonal Snowfall

Monday’s 8.5 snowfall brought our seasonal total to 63.7 , about 20" above an average winter season. The average additional snowfall from now until the end of the season is still another 8 . However, even if we were to receive no additional snow this winter, this year would still rank as the 18th snowiest season (snowfall records for Boston date back to 1871–1872). So if you feel that we’ve had a lot of snow this winter, you’re correct, although it could have been a lot worse! The highest snowfall for a season belongs to 1995–1996, when Boston recorded 107.6 of the white stuff. In case you’re wondering what the historical snowfall trends are for Boston, the answer is that the trend is fairly flat over the entire period of record 1871-2008, although four of the seven snowiest winters have occurred since the 1990’s (2004–2005, 1995–1996, 1993–1994, and 1992–1993).

Snow will not fall during the foreseeable future, except perhaps a brief flurry early this morning. A warm front will pass over us today, advecting warmer temperatures and pleasant conditions, especially for Saturday. Next week is expected to turner cooler than the weekend, but no bitter cold is in store. Enjoy!

Extended Forecast

Tonight: Partly cloudy and mild. Lows around 40°F (4°C).

Tomorrow: Mostly sunny and pleasant with highs approaching 60°F (16°C).

Tomorrow night and Sunday: Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers. Lows around 40°F (4°C). Highs in the upper 50s°F (14°C).