The spring equinox happened Sunday morning, marking the end of winter. Overall, it was a fairly easy one by New York City standards.
Snow-lovers were likely disappointed this winter. We saw just under 18 inches of snow. That's about 10 inches less than average and it's less than half of last year, when we had almost 40 inches snow.
Our first measurable flakes didn't happen until Dec. 24, when 0.2" collected. The greatest snowfall of the winter was 8.5" on Jan. 28 and 29.
Overall, this was the second-least snowy winter we've seen in a decade.
In terms of temperatures, there were cold days, but overall, the winter averaged nearly one degree warmer than the average. It did not rank in the top 10 warmest, though.
The coldest reading of the season was 10 degrees. This happened on Jan. 15 and 16. The warmest temperature was 68 degrees on Feb. 17 and 23.
For overall precipitation (rain and snow combined), this winter was on the dry side. We had about two inches less precipitation than in an average winter.
This shouldn't have a large impact on our spring, but it could raise the risk of spring brush fires, especially in the marshlands of Staten Island and Queens. The reservoirs that provide water to the city are running above normal for this time of year.
One concern from the winter is our allergy season. The warmer-than-average winter is having an impact. Pollen levels are already high, marking an early start to the "sneezing season."