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October 25, 2014
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Another week, another snowstorm

By Fritz Mayer

REGION — Another storm blew through the region on February 8, dropping more snow and straining the salt and sand budgets of municipalities in the area and the Northeast. This plow worked Route 55 in the Town of Bethel, NY.

Snowfall totals in the area have been a bit higher than normal in some spots. For instance, according to the National Weather Service (NWS), there have been 58.3 inches of snowfall through the end of January in Binghamton, NY, which is 12 inches higher than average; however, in Scranton, PA there have been only 23 inches of snowfall, which is two inches less than average.

In the greater Northeast, however, snowfall totals have been broken in many cities because of nearly weekly snowstorms since December 26, 2010. For instance, a record was set in Newark, NJ, which has seen 61.8 inches of snow.

In the wider climate picture, in the 12-month period ending in January, average temperature readings set records for warmth in Maine, which was 3.5 degrees above normal, and New Hampshire, which was 3.1 degrees above normal. According to the NWS, the Northeast experienced its fourth warmest similar period.