By the end of the first week of February, New York City had nearly 20 inches of snow for the month. And more arrived overnight for Thursday.
NY1 meteorologist Chris Bianchi pointed out this is the snowiest February in five years, noting we'd need another 3.7 inches to crack the top 10 snowiest Februaries and 6.5 inches to break into the top 5 Februaries. This got us curious about overall snowfall statistics.
For the 2019-2020 snowfall season, NYC only had 5" of snow. In 2015-2016, we got 28 inches in January (on the 23rd of that month we got a Snowpocalypse) and the ol' winter of 2013-2014 brought us 20 inches in January and 29 inches in February. That season, we also got a fight between Mayor Bill de Blasio and NBC weatherman Al Roker over calling snow days, an eternally controversial subject.
When we look at historic snowfall, you'll see that the 2020-2021 winter is, so far, a little above average. Our snowiest winter was 1995-1996, with 75.6 inches, while the winter of 1972-1973 was the least snowy, at 2.8 inches.
Here you can see the range of snowfall and five-year average.
For the real weather nerds, here's an all-time ranking of snowiest winters... dating back to 1868-1869. (Our current winter is in the middle of the pack, but since Punxsutawny Phil says we're in for more winter, we'll probably move up!)
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