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  • Weather stats; How cold was winter in Corning?

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  • CORNING | The data from the weather gauges in Corning confirms what many already suspected - it was rather cold this winter.
    The average temperature for December, January, February and March was 20.7 degrees, or 3.6 degrees below normal for that span, according to Samantha Borisoff, climatologist for the Northeast Regional Climate Center at Cornell University in Ithaca.
    The Northeast Regional Climate Center has weather gauges atop Spencer Hill in Corning.
    The 20.7-degree mark for December-March is an average of daily high and low temperatures. It was the coldest average for that span since 1993, the first year the readings were available from the Corning weather gauge.
    Borisoff also gave a month-by-month breakdown.
    The winter actually didn’t start out too cold, as December’s average temperature was 26 degrees, 1.4 degrees above normal.
    January’s average was 14.8 degrees, 4.9 degrees below normal. February’s average was 17.7 degrees, 4.9 degrees below normal. March’s average was 24 degrees, 6.4 degrees below normal.
    The lowest single temperature recorded in Corning this winter, not including wind chill, was minus 15 degrees on Feb. 13, during a nor’easter that swept up the East Coast.
    Despite the cold, the snowfall totals this winter were slightly below normal, Borisoff said.
    The Corning weather gauge recorded 10.2 inches of snow in December, 15.7 inches in January, 15.3 inches in February, and 5.7 inches in March for a total of 46.9 inches, or .7 of an inch below normal for that span.

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