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A Look Back At 2017′s Weather

January 1, 2018

With a record 23.6 inches of snow on March 14-15, the Blizzard of 2017 stands apart as the defining meteorological event of the last year in Northeast Pennsylvania. But there were 363 other days with weather that we basked in, groused about or, most of the time, barely noticed beyond the basics of hot or cold, wet or dry, sunny or cloudy. Here are some weather tidbits from 2017 you may have missed: • On Feb. 25, an EF2 tornado with top winds of 120 mph felled trees and damaged about 30 homes as it cut a 13-mile swath from Plains Twp. to north of Lake Scranton. • The temperature at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport hit 76 degrees Feb. 24. That is the highest temperature recorded in February since record-keeping began locally in 1901. • It was the warmest February on record, with an average temperature of 37.8 degrees. The average, a full 9 degrees above normal, beat the old record of 36.5 degrees set in 1954. April also went into the books as the warmest ever with an average temperature of 55.8 degrees, edging the previous record of 55.6 degrees in 1921. • The high hit at least 90 degrees on 10 days in 2017. Only two of those 90-degree days came in the dead of summer — July 19 and 20. Four were in the spring — May 17-18 and June 12-13 — and the other four were in the fall — Sept. 24-27. The year’s warmest day was Sept. 25, with a high of 92. At the other end, the temperature did not dip to zero or below in 2017; on average, the area experiences about three subzero days each year. • Snowfall for the 2016-17 winter season totalled 54.8 inches. That was well above the seasonal average of 46.8 inches but far short of the record of 92.8 inches during the winter of 1995-96. Through late last week, there had been about 6 inches of snow so far this winter. Contact the writer: dsingleton@timesshamrock.com, 570-348-9132

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