We all went into this winter thinking it would be drier and warmer than average due to the effects of the ongoing La Nina. We also thought snow chances wouldn't be that great and ice would cause the most problems in this type of pattern. Obviously the only thing that worked out with the forecast was the fact it was drier than average. This winter shows us that no matter how hard long range forecasters work to make a three month forecast, mother nature can throw curve balls.
The winter weather contest continues through the end of the month, but the first one has already been decided. Zac Bradley guessed the most combined snow for Little Rock, North Little Rock, Harrison, and Pine Bluff. Who would have thought those four locations combined would have 57.4 inches of accumulating snow this winter? Zac did and he won a one year subscription to weathertap.com, 2 tickets to the Golden Corral, and an Arkansas Weather Blog t-shirt.
The outcome of the 2nd contest is still up in the air. How many days will the North Little Rock airport drop to 32 degrees or colder? So far that number stands at 48. Right now, Brent Brainerd is winning, but several are still in the running including, Chad Gardner, Paul Wilkerson, Anthony Jolivette, Jeff Mesko, and Josh Green.
The meteorological winter of 2010-2011 is over so check out the cold facts below from the National Weather Service office in NLR...