IEM Daily Feature
Wednesday, 13 February 2008

Quantify: "It has been a long winter"

Posted: 13 Feb 2008 06:35 AM

What makes this winter feel longer than others? There is no one way to prove this statement to be true, but we can sure compare this year to others. The featured chart shows the maximum consecutive days of having sub 50°F temperatures for Ames, which could be one way to quantify winter's apparent length. Most Iowans probably remember the brutal winter of 2000-2001, which was the longest streak. This winter is up to 86 days, which ranks just 26th in the climate history and 30 days longer than the average maximum winter streak. If you have any other ideas to quantify the statement, please let me know!

Good = 22
Bad = 6

Tags:   winter