Despite the snow, an overall dry three month period.
A COLD three month stretch, 8th coldest since 1895.
Models forecasting an increase probability in an El Nino this year.
Looking back at our first three months of year, despite the snowy conditions that ruled the state, our precipitation numbers were slightly below average. Here's an example: In Elkins, January's precipitation totals were -1.08 below the monthly average. Despite that, EKN still picked up 23.3 inches of snow. February was the standout, with above average precipitation of +1.01 and a robust snow total of 36.7 inches. In March, -.77 below average with a snow total of 16.2 inches of snow.
Although we don't have the exact snow totals for Morgantown, a similar trend of February being above average, with below average numbers in January and March.
Overall, the three month period was the 34th driest since 1895.
Looking at the temperatures, a different story. The three month period was COLD, in fact the three month average was the coldest since 1978. Since 1895, it ranks as the 8th coldest. The average temperature was 30.5 degrees F, which was a departure of -4.3 F.
As we head through Spring and into Summer, will the trend reverse, become dry and warmer? You might not now this, but there's an El Nino Watch!
Here in the WV, an El Nino could spell an interesting Summer season, something we'll have to wait and see as the season unfolds and just how strong the El Nino becomes. A moderate to stronger El Nino could spell a cool and somewhat damp season. Never a dull moment when it comes to weather and West Virginia!
Meteorologist Jason Parrish
904 West Pike Street
Clarksburg, WV 26301
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Fax (304) 225-2522(Morgantown)