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The 2015–2016 U.S. Snow Report: A Slim Year with A Few Surprises

If you truly enjoy a winter with frequent and abundant snowfall, you would be hard-pressed to find a location that fulfilled your expectations over the course of the 2015–2016 snow season across the United States. Flakes certainly did fly, and on occasion in abundance. However, most everywhere seasonal totals were below average, and for the above-average mid-Atlantic, the vast majority of the snow fell in one memorable storm. As reported in Weatherwise for the past 61 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 Ariel Schabes 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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