This past winter season was not without record snowfall and prolonged cold temperatures. Thanks to our iWitness Weather viewers whose explosive images tell their own story, we'll explain in detail why these 10 cities made our 2010 Worst Winter Locations list.
10. Portland, ME
This one's an odd bird. We're taking the perspective of a winter enthusiast here. If you like snow ... well, Maine's warm winter didn't deliver. In fact, they had their 3rd warmest winter on record, dating to 1895. Then, throw in two rain (not snow) storms in late February and March, and you could say winter may have passed the state by.
9. Des Moines, IA
First, they've had a top 5 snowiest season on record (over 60"). Then, the snowpack was locked in place, thanks to a persistently cold winter. They had at least 4" of snow cover for a record 3-month stretch from early December through early March. Now, thanks to record snow cover to their northwest, river flooding became a major concern again.
8 - Atlanta, GA
Persistent cold, wet weather clung to the Southeast like a blanket this winter. Georgia had both a top 10 wettest and top 10 coldest winter on record. Almost half the December days were wet. Over 5" of total snow was spread over 3 events, including a 3-4" event in mid-February, and a 1" event in early March.
7. Fargo, ND
While the winter hadn't exactly been all that cold, or snowy in the city itself, a wet Fall, a flurry of December storms, and persistent cold weather set the stage for another major spring flood. In over 110 years of records, they've never witnessed major flooding in back-to-back years.
6. Atlantic City, NJ
We may have seeded them way too low. Good thing we don't work on the NCAA selection committee. The early February snowstorm knocked out power to 60% of Atlantic City Electric customers. Not only did Atlantic City have a snowiest season on record (58" ...more snow than Denver, to-date), but they were pounded by a "March mayhem" storm with high winds and flooding rain. The "March mayhem" storm was a record-setter for power outages in parts of New Jersey. The front page of the Newark Star-Ledger wondered if this has been the "worst" season for the state.
5. Oklahoma City, OK
One of the most striking images of the winter was of abandoned vehicles on Oklahoma City freeways in a Christmas Eve blizzard. That was the snowstorm of record for the capital city, dumping a wind-whipped 13.5". That wasn't all. A snow/sleet storm in late January dumped 5" more. In all, they had 8 days of measurable snow. Oh yeah, it was also a top 10 coldest winter on record for the Sooner State.
4. Dallas-Ft. Worth, TX
If having falling snow on Christmas Eve for the first time wasn't enough (3"), they followed it up with a 24-hour 12"+ snowstorm of record in mid-February. Measurable snow fell 5 days. By the way, it was the state's 5th coldest winter on record, dating back to 1895.
3. Philadelphia, PA
Philly had their all-time snowiest season (78"). Three of their top 10 snowstorms of record occurred this season!
2. Baltimore, MD/Washington, DC
Record 77" in Baltimore,MD 56" in Washington, DC. Record snow depth at BWI Airport (31") and Washington-Dulles Int'l Airport (26"). Baltimore city crews dumped snow in the harbor, for lack of any other place and there were citywide roof collapses. The federal government shutdown for 3 days ($350 million).
1. Miami Beach, FL
It's all about expectations and persistence with our #1. Snowbirds flock to Florida to escape winter. This winter, that was more difficult. Sleet and snow flurries fell on January 9th in parts of Miami-Dade and Broward Counties. It was their 2nd coldest winter since 1927. Key West had 7 days with lows in the 40s, a record for any year.
You've reviewed the worst but who was the best? See which cities made our Top 10 Best Winter Locations list and why.source