May starts with Sunshing, time for a re-cap.

Since it's just about guaranteed (jinx!) that we're finally done with snow getting into a beautiful start to May, let's take a look back at the snowfall season that was, comparing it to the forecast we made back in November.

Good Wednesday morning everyone!

Since we're in the middle of some pretty nice weather this week, and since we're starting a new month, it seemed as good a time as any to finally get around to recapping the winter season.

For those who have been following along, we issued a Winter Weather Forecast way back in November. Check out what we discussed on the blog way back when.

Here's the most relevant map for comparison:

I'm going to make a map that indicates snowfall season totals for various sites around the tri-state. Keep in mind that these are cooperative observer amounts that get entered into a national database-- it's about the best we can do for this kind of thing even though what gets recorded may be different from what you experienced.

Here goes:

Snowshoe, WV and Davis, WV are the big winners (as usual) this year. It was certainly expected that the mountains would get more than the valleys, but we further predicted that the difference would be even more stark this year and it was. By contrast, we were off a little too high in certain places from central Kentucky northeast into the Mountain State. I'd like to claim that the observations themselves were a little off too low ;-) but I have to stick with what I've got. Feel free to put in any of your measurements if you've kept track in the comments section below.

We also got right the idea that the winter snowfall season would be back-loaded, giving the bulk of snowfall after January. An interesting note to the 2012-2013 season though is that the top snowy months were February, March, and ... October. Not often that that happens (though we now have 2 years in a row where October was one of the snowier months in the WV Mountains).

Here's to now focusing on complaining about the warmth instead of the cold ;-)

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Have a great day everyone!

-B

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