How different is this winter in Oklahoma so far?

TULSA, Okla. — We often define the winter by the amount of snow we receive and so far, we have had nearly half a foot of the white stuff so far.

That is right about average for this point in the winter, but it’s already the highest seasonal total in six years and is nearly the amount we had with the last two winters combined. Nearly all of that snow came back in December.

In terms of liquid precipitation, it has been a wetter than average winter with over five inches of rainfall since Dec. 1 running over an inch above average. That doesn’t sound like that big of a deal, but it’s significant when it’s normally the driest point in the year.

Regarding temperatures, it has been over two degrees above average since Dec. 1.

What is most interesting about this year is how mild overnight temperatures have been.

So far, the coldest temperature of the season has been 20 degrees, which we hit two times in December and once in January. By now, we almost always drop at least in the teens.

In fact, there has only been one other winter so far that had not dropped below 20 degrees by this point in the season. That was the winter of 1997-1998. We did not drop below 20 degrees last December or January either but did hit the teens in the November 2019.