Rochester Experienced Its Wettest Winter Ever
Rochester, MN (KROC AM News) – Rochester’s meteorological 2016-17 winter was the wettest ever.
The city’s official precipitation total (rain & snow) was 5.85 inches, which was nearly half an inch more than the previous record set during the 1887-88 winter.
The snow total during the 2016-17 meteorological winter (December 1 – February 28) was 43.3 inches, tenth most on record. Despite the high total, measurable snow fell on just 19 days. The highest 24 hour total was the 6.4 inches that fell February 24. The high total also means six of the top ten winter snow records have occurred since 2000. The highest was 60.4 inches set during the 2010-11 winter.
The 2016-17 winter was also the 16th warmest on record.
The average temperature was 21.3 degrees, nearly 3 degrees above normal. Temperatures during the season ranged from a high of 57 degrees on February 18 to -25 on December 18. There were only 17 days of below zero weather with none recorded in February.
Here’s a summary of the NWS report.