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03-01-2014, 06:17 AM
Contrary to the observations and assessments concerning the weather on this forum, the data suggest it wasn't as bad as our fingers, toes and ears might have suggested.

In January
We saw 1008 heating degree days (NWS data from DCA)
Colder than the average of 872 HDD (1993-2014)
Warmer than the 1994 max (1993-2014) of 1135 HDD
Slightly colder than the 3d quartile of 986 HDD

In February
We saw 754 heating degree days
Colder than the average of 731 HDD
Warmer than the 2007 max of 950 HDD
Slightly warmer than the 3d quartile of 800 HDD

03-01-2014, 07:10 AM
I don't know what that post is all about, but I officially declare 2014 to be the toughest, harshest, most wicked and challenging winter in the ENTIRE history (;)) of the Freezing Saddles competition.

All contestants riding this year deserve triple kudos!

(and that was before reading this morning's forecast for the Sunday night storm)

03-01-2014, 07:37 AM
What's a heating degree day? It sounds uncomfortable.

03-01-2014, 07:53 AM
Umm, if it was colder than the third quartile of the 21 year average, doesn't that mean January was colder than more than 75% of other Januarys, and therefore really freakin cold? Freezing Saddles observations are confirmed!

03-01-2014, 09:59 AM
DCA numbers are probably the least representative of regional temps (http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/capital-weather-gang/post/should-reagan-national-remain-dcs-official-weather-station/2012/08/16/ca1f4e70-e7aa-11e1-936a-b801f1abab19_blog.html), particularly given how regionally widespread #BAFS riders are. I officially declare this the worst winter ever (WWE).

03-02-2014, 10:05 PM
The chart also doesn't account for snow and ice. I can bicycle in pretty much any temperature, so long as I put on enough warm clothes beforehand. But having the trails impassable for weeks at a time is a royal pain!