Taking Chief Meteorologist Kerrin Jeromin's blog from the prior day a step further, other towns across our forecast area have seen a very warm 2012 as well, but not quite as warm as the major valleys.
Number of months at or above observed temperatures
|CITY||2012||2011 AND 2012|
|St. Johnsbury, VT||7/12||13/24|
*Statistics courtesy the National Weather Service - Burlington, VT
The middle column shows how many months were warmer than average (or tied the average) when looking at temperature. Certainly Massena, NY and Burlington blew the last two years out of the water, with at least 83% of the months being warmer than average. However other areas weren't as impressive. While it appears all of our sites here had more than half of the months warmer than average for both 2012 and 2011/2012 combined, Montpelier and St. Johnsbury, VT had considerably cooler stats. In fact, St. J just barely cleared the bar at 54% of its months warmer than average. If you consider an 'even' year being 50% colder than average and 50% warmer, then that location in the Northeast Kingdom was pretty close to what we'd expect.
As I right this blog the wind is howling, we've just received almost two inches of snow in Colchester, VT on the seventh straight day of accumulating snow, and well-below zero temperatures are forecast for tonight. However a "January thaw" may be in our future because reliable long range weather models project 40-degree temperatures by late next week (Jan10/11, 2013).
-Meteorologist Steve Glazier