Winter is known for wet conditions in portions of the west and snowy ones in the east; however, recent weeks, if not the winter season, have shattered record for how little precipitation has fallen.
For the first time in history, Islip, New York and Baltimore, Maryland each recorded no snow at all for the month of February. Islip’s weather records go back to 1964 while Baltimore’s goes back to 1891. The National Weather Service office in Mount Holly, New Jersey also pointed out that today marks the 1-year anniversary since 1″ or more of snow fell on Philadelphia in a day. With the 0.3″ that did fall in Philadelphia this winter, 2019-2020 winter is the second least snowy winter on record. Atlantic City, New Jersey and Wilmington, Delaware also saw the second least snowy winter on record. The snowless winter of 1972-1973 in Philadelphia, Atlantic City, and Wilmington holds first place.
While many cities that normally see lots of snow in February saw none, many cities in California saw no rain. Sacramento, San Jose, and San Francisco all had no record of any rain for the month of February for the first time in recorded history. San Francisco’s last driest year was in 1953 when just a trace fell; in San Jose, 0.02″ was recorded in February 1953 too. These cities in California normally see 3-4.5″ of rain every February.