FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - The first day of March marks the first day of Meteorological Spring. Not to be confused with Astronomical Spring, which falls on March 19, 2020.
Meteorologists follow three month periods for seasons because it's easier to track climate statistics.
Looking back to winter 2019-2020, there are some statistics that won't surprise you, but some that will.
As a reminder, our climate recording station for our area is at the Fort Wayne International Airport and winter is recorded from Dec. 1- Feb. 29 (28th if not a leap year).
This past winter was a warm one.
The average high temperature was 39.4°, which was 4.5° above normal.
The average low temperature was 5.1° warmer than normal, coming in at 25.0°.
Overall, this winter was the 9th warmest on record and the warmest winter since 2016-2017.
15 days saw temperatures of 50° or higher and there were no days where the temperature dipped below 0°.
Having no days below 0° means Fort Wayne is currently on a streak of 395 days at or above 0.
In terms of precipitation, winter 2019-2020 was the 19th wettest on record with seasonal precip reaching 8.95".
However, being so warm this winter means we saw less than average snowfall.
Between Dec. 1st and Feb 29th, snow totals at KFWA were 10.1" below normal, totaling only 16.2", making this the 34th least snowiest winter on record.
The warmer conditions look to continue, according to the NWS Climate Prediction Center.
Their outlook for the month of March shows a good chance of above-average temperatures for the eastern half of the US.
The weather for this week looks to be warmer than average as well.
More details of the next 7 days can be found on the weather page.