National Weather Service: Upstate New York will have coldest winter in history 2016-17

The National Weather Service has predicted that Upstate New York will have the coldest and snowiest winter in history for the season of 2016-2017.


This compounds recent reports that Upstate New York is the worst place to live in America.



The Almanac provides shocking details:



Temperature and Precipitation Graph



Many chalk this up to Climate Change, which, despite popular belief, isn’t just “Global Warming:”

Climate Albany – New York

°C | °F

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Average high in °F: 31 35 44 58 69 78
Average low in °F: 15 17 26 37 47 56
Av. precipitation in inch: 2.6 2.2 3.23 3.19 3.62 3.78
Days with precipitation:
Hours of sunshine:
Average snowfall in inch: 18 12 10 2 0 0
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Average high in °F: 82 80 72 60 48 36
Average low in °F: 61 60 52 40 31 21
Av. precipitation in inch: 4.13 3.46 3.31 3.66 3.31 2.91
Days with precipitation:
Hours of sunshine:
Average snowfall in inch: 0 0 0 0 3 14


Goldilocks Temperatures

There is a saying that it can be “too cold to snow”! Of course, this is a myth but it has a basis in fact because the atmosphere gets freeze dried when it is very cold. That’s because the amount of moisture the atmosphere can hold depends very strongly on temperature. Under cold conditions, the snow is likely to consist of very small crystals and sometimes is very light and fluffy and like “diamond dust”.

By contrast, the heaviest snowfalls occur with surface temperatures from about 28°F to 32°F – just below the freezing point. Of course, once it gets much above freezing point, the snow turns to rain. So there is a “Goldilocks” set of conditions that are just right to result in a super snow storm. And these conditions are becoming more likely in mid-winter because of human-induced climate change.





So stay bundled up if you live there!

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