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i don't know if you wrote this somewhere but 0.23" of precipitation fell on this date in 2009, bringing the year's total to 53.62". just 0.01" more than in all of 2008. i wonder if there was another set of consecutive years where the yearly precipitation totals were this close together.


That's a great observation, one that, surprisingly, I didn't comment on. (I let the seven years in a row with 50+ inches of precip capture my attention.) Thanks for pointing it out. The previous two years that were closest in annual precipitation were 1944 an 1945, which were 0.03 inches apart (45.01" vs. 44.98"). And although there was a year in between them, 1934 and 1936 were also 0.01" apart.


in terms of their snowfall amounts, what's the closest that any two consecutive winter seasons have been to each other?


The winters of 1916 and 1917 actually had the same amount of snow - 50.7 inches. More recently the winters of 2005 and 2006 were just one inch apart - 41.0 and 40.0 inches, respectively.

Harry Mandel

You have to edit the 1917 entry as it still says that 11-deg in 1962 was the 2nd coldest ball drop, when it was last year's 9-deg.

This could be the first ball drop since 1994 to be raining during it, but we'll see....


Hi Harry, thanks for catching that - it's been updated.


in 2018, the amount of rain that fell since 12/13 was 5.87", the third wettest in December's final nineteen days on record, behind 6.06" in 1948 and 6.64" in 1973. by contrast, in 2017, during the very same date range in December, an inch of precipitation fell, the driest in December's final nineteen days since 2004 when 0.90" of precip fell.


also in 1967, this was the first time measurable precipitation fell on this date since 1952, when 0.30" fell (which produced three inches of snow).

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