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Published December 10, 2011, 04:01 PM

WEATHER TALK: Too Early to Tell Where This Snow Season Will Rank

The high snow totals in the mid-1990s and during the past few winters have pushed our 30-year seasonal snowfall average to 50.1 inches. That is the highest 30-year average since records have been kept.

By: Daryl Ritchison, WDAZ

The high snow totals in the mid-1990s and during the past few winters have pushed our 30-year seasonal snowfall average to 50.1 inches. That is the highest 30-year average since records have been kept.

For the complete snow record going back to the 1880s, the median annual snowfall is only 39 inches. Median is the middle number in a group, meaning that half of the years in our annual snowfall have been less than 39 inches, and the other half they were greater than 39 inches.

Because snowfall tends to be very memorable to most people, as it either creates great hassles or it brings great enjoyment playing in it, most of us tend to remember the years with abundant snow more than the years with lesser snow totals.

There has been little snow so far this season, yet five out of the past six years have recorded less than 1 inch of snow in November, just like this year. Many of those years ended up snowy, meaning it is far too early to know where this snow season will rank.

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