Winter is Coming!
This year, most of the southern states are predicted to have a dry, mild winter, while the northern part of the nation will be hit with exceptionally wet and cold conditions.
Winter officially begins on December 1st. But depending on the location you live, the cold weather can begin well before or after this expected date.
Climatologist Dr. Brian Brettschneider of the University of Alaska-Fairbanks created a map that captures the median date for when the first of winter weather begins in The United States and Canada.
“Brettschneider used an index called the Accumulated Winter Season Severity Index (AWSSI) to create the map using weather data over the past 40 years.” – The Weather Channel
Based on the AWSSI, the begin date for winter is characterized as when the first measurable snowfall is 0.1 inches or greater, or when the temperature falls to 32℉ or lower. Of course, as expected, the median dates for northern areas are much sooner than when winter officially begins and the median dates for southern states almost always begin after.
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