Mar 5, 2024 - News

Columbus' cold streaks are getting shorter

Longest streak of cold winter days in Columbus
Data: Climate Central; Chart: Kavya Beheraj/Axios

If this winter's weather has felt more erratic than usual, it's not just in your head.

By the numbers: Columbus' cold weather streaks have gotten six days shorter on average since 1970, Axios' Alex Fitzpatrick and Kavya Beheraj report from a new Climate Central analysis.

Why it matters: Few people love cold snaps, but they are essential for some farmers, winter sports lovers and those who enjoy a good backyard snowball fight.

What they did: Climate Central defines a "winter cold streak" as "at least two consecutive December-February days with average temperatures below the 1991-2020 winter normal average temperature" at a given location.

Zoom in: Last year's longest streak in Columbus lasted six days, from Jan. 30-Feb. 4.

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