Temperatures across the First State averaged 42.5° F for the season, more than 6° F above the 1971-2000 average of 36.2° F (Figure 1).
This winter was the 2nd warmest since statewide records began in 1895. Only the winter of 1931-32 has been warmer. Delaware was not alone in it’s warmth, as the eastern two-thirds of the country was above, or much above normal (Figure 2).
Precipitation for the season averaged 8.93 inches across the State, more than 1.5 inches below the 1971-2000 mean of 10.6 inches. This winter was the 42nd driest since records began in 1895-96 (Figure 3). The driest winter on record was 1980-81 at 4.91 inches, while the wettest winter season was just two years earlier (1978-79) when 18.9 inches of precipitation fell.