So... we collected the totals for our meteorological winter (December, January and February) and we knocked several records out of the park. Remember...these numbers are just for December, January and February and only for Des Moines.
We had 61.2" of snowfall. That dwarfs the old record of 54.6 set in 1885-'86.
Average Snow Depth
We were under a blanket of 10.5" This record snow depth killed the old one set in 2000-'01. That year we had a measly 7.8".
Record Average Snow Depth for Any Month
January 2010 and
February 1936 ....10.7"
So we had record average snowfall for February. January also has a record of it's own. The average snow depth of 10.7 was more than any other January on record.
Now for temperatures... You knew we had to have been in the top 20 for coldest winters...and you are correct. Our average temperature for December, January and February was 19.8. That is 4.2 degrees below the average. It was the 20th coldest winter on record.
In February the highest temperature was 35 degrees on the 28th. That is the coldest maximum temperature ever for any February on record since records started in 1878. The previous coldest max temperature for February was 39 degrees 1978.
Got to go do the 6:00 weather...but will post more of those numbers later this evening.