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The 2014–2015 U.S. Snow Report: The Northeast Steals the Snow

Much like the previous year, the 2014–2015 snow season across the coterminous United States included a snow drought in the west and an abundance of snow further east. In particular, this season featured the Northeast receiving a remarkable quantity of snowflakes at several times and locations. Meanwhile, in Alaska, a dearth of snow in the Anchorage area led to the rerouting of the Iditarod Sled Dog Race to a start in Fairbanks. As reported in Weatherwise for the past 60 years, a month-by-month summary of noteworthy snow events, totals, and oddities from this past season follows.

Thanks to colleagues in a number of state climate offices, National Weather Service offices, and especially to Mathieu Gerbush and Colleen McHugh at Rutgers University for assisting with information gathering.

DAVID A. ROBINSON is a professor of geography at Rutgers University and is the New Jersey State Climatologist.       

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