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Winter of 2016-17 was fourth warmest winter on record

By Staff

  • Reykjavík covered in snow Reykjavík and the South West corner of Iceland saw a record snowstorm on February 26 which covered the city with 51 cm (20 in) of evenly fallen snow. Photo/Gunnar Freyr Gunnarsson.

The four winter months of December, January, February and March were the third warmest on record in Iceland according to the Icelandic meteorologist Trausti Jónsson.

Trausti, who is one of Iceland's most trusted meteorologists, points out that since continuous measurements began in 1870 winter temperatures have only three times been higher than during the past winter, in 1928-29, 1963-64 and 2002-03. The local newspaper Morgunblaðið reports that this past winter was not just unusually warm, it was also significantly wetter than average. Precipitation in Reykjavík was 30% above average and 10% on average in Akureyri town in North Iceland.

Read more: Photos of the record snowfall in Reykjavík

Despite relatively high temperatures Reykjavík saw one amazing winter record in February. On February 26 Reykjavík residents and visitors woke up to an amazing 51 cm (20 in) of evenly accumulated snow cover. According to the Icelandic Meteorological office this was one of the greatest snowstorms on record coming close to the record accumulation measured in the capital: In January 1937 Reykjavík had 55 cm (21.7 in) of snow.  

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