Miami Beach Leads the U.S. in Worst Winter Weather for 2009-2010 Season

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As spring fiinally arrives March 20, The Weather Channel looks back with top 10 lists to recognize cities with best and worst winters.

In honor of the first day of spring this Saturday, March 20, The Weather Channel is helping the residents of Miami Beach, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, and others breathe a huge sigh of relief. Over the past three months, their cities lead the United States in the “worst winter weather” for the season, according to data compiled by The Weather Channel.

A combination of sustained precipitation and prolonged cold temperatures from December 2009 to February 2010 shattered previous decades-old records and created memorable firsts.

  •     Miami Beach, FL, and the surrounding area experienced their second coldest winter since 1927
  •     Baltimore, MD, experienced record snowfalls of 77 in., including the nearby BWI Airport (31 in.) and Washington-Dulles International Airport (26 in.)
  •     Three of the top 10 snowstorms on record for Philadelphia, PA, occurred this season
  •     This season marked a first for Dallas, TX: falling snow on December 24, Christmas Eve

The top ten lists for the worst – and best – winter weather cities for 2009-2010 are as follows:
Worst Winter Weather U.S. Cities of 2009-2010 season
1. Miami Beach, FL
2. TIE: Baltimore, MD, and Washington, DC
3. Philadelphia, PA
4. Dallas, TX
5. Oklahoma City, OK
6. Atlantic City, NJ
7. Fargo, ND
8. Atlanta, GA
9. Des Moines, IA
10. Portland, ME

Best Winter Weather U.S. Cities of 2009-2010 season
1. Seattle, WA
2. Taos, NM
3. Portland, OR
4. Honolulu, HI
5. Spokane, WA
6. Alpena, MI
7. Denver, CO
8. Fairbanks, AK
9. Los Angeles, CA
10. Boston, MA

SOURCE: The Weather Channel

Data was compiled by The Weather Channel meteorology team between December 1, 2009 through February 28, 2010, and included weather conditions and socio-economic related variables, as compared to average 30-year climatological data. For more information, visit weather.com.

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