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Philly’s got fewer frigid nights & is approaching a snow drought

Philly’s got fewer frigid nights & is approaching a snow drought

Warmer nights can have long-term implications.

Despite a few rainy January days, Philadelphia is nearing a snow drought.

The city of brotherly love is nearing its latest date to record measurable snowfall (which previously was February 3rd), according to Axios Philadelphia. Philly normally has its first measurable snowfall in December.

February is typically the month with the most snow, with an average of 8.4 inches.

Philly’s January has fewer frigid nights

Additionally, Philadelphia has seen an average of 24 fewer frigid nights (under 32 degrees) since 1970, according to Climate Central.

Although it may seem *nice* to have warmer January nights, warmer winter temps have lasting implications like less snow, more disease-carrying insects (that don’t die off over winter freezes), and earlier spring blooms.

These trends are likely to continue with additional heat-trapping emissions. 

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Julie Hancher is Editor-in-Chief of Green Philly, sharing her expertise of all things sustainable in the city of brotherly love. She enjoys long walks in the park with local beer and greening her travels, cooking & cat, Sir Floofus Drake. View all posts by Julie Hancher
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