For the second year in a row, New York City had an unusually cold and snowy winter. While last year saw the term polar vortex go viral, this winter was actually colder in the Big Apple.
The city’s average temperature for this past meteorological winter (December, January, and February) was 31.4°F. That is 3.7°F below normal and 1.6°F below last winter’s average. This winter, December posted an above average reading, but both January and February were significantly colder than normal. In fact, February 2015 was the city’s 3rd coldest February on record.
In terms of snowfall, every month this winter, with the exception of December, was an overachiever. January brought the city 16.9 inches of snow, February produced 13.6 inches, and March delivered a whopping 18.6 inches. All together, the city saw 49.1 inches of snow in Central Park. On average, NYC typically gets 25.8 inches for the entire winter season.