Word has it that the thermometer broke through the 80 degree mark on Tuesday, signaling that the worst of winter — and even the not-so-worst of winter — is behind us.
It’s good to plan ahead, but before doing so let’s take a quick look back at the wonderful winter of 2020-2021. In particular, let’s consider how north central Ohio fared in terms of the white stuff.
The bottom line is that it snowed and snowed over the last several weeks, and Mansfield found itself above average in terms of total snowfall for cities in the eastern part of the United States.
The actual local amount was a whopping 39.4 inches, according to the fine folks at the National Weather Service office in Cleveland. While that number might seem high, it is over seven inches less than the 48.3 inches of snow that Mansfield has averaged over the time since such statistics have been available.
Only two Ohio metropolitan areas had higher totals — Youngstown at 55 inches and Akron-Canton at 46.5 inches.
The highest number of inches of snow was not Buffalo, as you might expect, but rather Binghamton, New York — 103.2 inches. Buffalo was third.
The metropolitan area right behind Mansfield was, believe it or not, New York City with 38.6 inches.
Three cities in the eastern US did not have any recorded snowfall, not even trace amounts. Those were Wilmington, North Carolina; Columbia, South Carolina; and Savannah, Georgia.