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Winter 2013-’14 Review, Northern Ohio and Northwest Pennsylvania

National Weather Service, Cleveland, Ohio

 

Winter 2013-’14 turned out to be a record setter. It was the coldest winter in over 30 years! The winter was almost as cold as winters from the late 70s and early 80s. For the Toledo area, it was the snowiest winter ever! Elsewhere, the winter of 2013-’14 placed in the top ten snowiest winters in many areas.

The cold was nearly continuous as we endured a northwest flow of air from Canada and the Arctic most of the winter, especially after Christmas. The snow and cold arrived during the second half of November. December temperatures were somewhat below normal, and then it got really cold. We survived the “Polar Vortex”, as the core of the arctic air dropped across the area January 6-7, 2014. It is common to have a northwest flow in the winter, but it is unusual to have the pattern hold almost every day the entire winter east of the Rockies.

 

                        Temperature Info for Winter (Dec2013-Feb2014):

Temperature (F)

 

Avg

2013-14

 Rank

Avg

2012-13

Normal

Record/Season

Days Zero or

Below/Rank

Most Zero & Below/Year

Toledo

20.4

 5

30.0

27.8

17.7/1977-78

 25/3

29/1962-63

Mansfield

23.4

 9

30.8

27.8

17.6/1976-77

 14/8

27/1976-77

Cleveland

25.4

22

32.0

30.3

19.7/1976-77

 11/11*

28/1976-77

Akron-Canton

25.0

20

31.6

28.5

20.4/1976-77

 11/10*

24/1976-77

Youngstown

23.7

 8

30.6

28.1

19.0/1976-77

 16/3

25/1976-77

Erie, PA

24.4

17

32.4

29.3

20.5/1976-77

 10/10*

14/1978-79

                        *Tied with other winters. Note that rank/duration varies for each climate site.

 

Winter 2013-’14 brought numerous moderate to heavy snows across the Midwest and central Great Lakes. Toledo shared in the abundant snow and recorded the all-time snowiest winter at 86.3 inches. This crushed the old record of 73.1 inches from 1977-78! Lake effect snow was not particularly heavy, especially given the cold weather, mainly because Lake Erie was frozen by the second week of January. Early in the winter, the wind was often southwest. This limited the heaviest lake effect snow to western New York and Erie County, Pennsylvania. Elsewhere, the winter brought well above normal snowfall, mainly in the form of frequent light to moderate snows. Snow cover was persistent which helped contribute to and enhance the cold.

 

                         Snowfall Data for Winter 2013-’14:

Seasonal Snow (inches)

Total

Rank

Normal

Record/Year

Toledo

 86.3 record

1

 37.6

Old record 73.1/1977-78

Mansfield

 65.3

7

 48.3

91.0/1995-96

Cleveland

 86.1

8

 68.1

117.9/2005-06

Akron-Canton

 69.9

7

 47.5

82.0/1977-78

Youngstown

 90.1

4

 62.7

118.7/2010-11

Erie, PA

139.5

5

100.9

149.1/2000-01

                        Note that rank/duration varies for each climate site.

 

 

Click here for the Snowfall Map for Winter 2013-'14:

 

 

Seasonal Snowfall 2013-‘14 Northern Ohio, Erie and Crawford Counties, PA 

(listed geographically generally from west to east):

 

Toledo(TOL)  86.3

Toledo (City)  80.6

Findlay  74.0

Fremont  79.3

Upper Sandusky  48.7

Sandusky  74.9

Bucyrus  49.5

Marion 4S  46.1

New Washington 5S (Crawford)  64.0

Galion  68.7

Bellevue  67.7

Berlin Heights  71.0

Milan  73.8

New London (Huron Cty)  77.9

Mansfield  60.3

Mansfield/Ontario  56.8

Elyria  87.9

Sheffield Lake  73.5

North Ridgeville  74.4

Cleveland (Old Brooklyn)  87.9

Cleveland (Puritas)  78.4

Parma (Snow/Pearl)  92.7

Parma (State/Pleasant Vly)  101.8

Broadview Heights  107.8

North Royalton  102.0

Euclid  79.7

Garfield Heights  78.7

Maple Heights  108.4

Shaker Heights  122.0

Solon  109.7

Brunswick  93.5

Hinkley  90.6

Lodi  65.5

Sagamore Hills  114.2

Cuyahoga Falls  78.2

Tallmadge  73.5

Stow  75.8

Akron  69.6

Wadsworth  80.9

Greene  71.9

Kidron  61.7

Chippewa Twp (Wayne Cty)  73.8

Alliance  72.0

Ravenna  71.6

Kent  79.8

Twinsburg  117.3

Streetsboro 2S  88.0

Mantua  99.3

Chagrin Falls  129.1

Hambden Twp (Geauga Cty)  174.8

Montville  141.0

Chardon  142.5

Kirtland  128.0

Willoughby  74.2

Mentor  75.9

Geneva  82.2

Newton Falls  84.3

Warren  70.2

Ashtabula  99.9

Conneaut  116.6

Pierpont  150.5

Dorset  129.0

Fairview PA  119.1

Mill Creek Twp PA   161.4

Erie - Behrend  124.6

Springboro PA  133.3

Crossingville 3E  156.6

Franklin Center PA  198.2

Edinboro PA  146.4

Corry PA  145.8

Colt Station PA  204.5

Northeast PA 6SW  198.7

Meadville PA 5W  116.4

Meadville PA  107.7

Canadohta Lake PA  137.1

Titusville PA  101.7

 

Thanks - Volunteer Snow Observer Network, National Weather Service, CoCoRaHS/Pennsylvania Frost, Ohio Weather Group, and NWS COOP Observers.

 

Note that is some cases, site values are averaged when more than one observer reports per location. Observers are mostly volunteers and values can vary depending on the specific topography and land use at each site. Observations are generally reported every 12 or 24 hours.