4 comments on “New averages for GSB cities

  1. Great post and info Stephen. When you mentioned something about working on averages I was hoping this is what it was :) I wish they would go on a 30 year but rolling each year instead of 10 years 😉

    I’ll get the new totals in a little later when I update the stats. Been moving and updating the GSG site all weekend :(

    • You know, we could probably do that rolling average thing ourselves. I have all the stats from 1950 to last season on an excel file, so it wouldn’t take too long to get new averages for the 5 GSB cities each season.

  2. Actually, that’s a very good view on the difference between “average” and “normal” and we were taught the same differentiation in college – average is the math, normal is what people are used to and expect.

    • Indeed, which is why it kinda bothers me that NWS uses “normal” for the average. It’d be on thing if the “normal” was most often, or the average of the most often totals, or if they averaged it removing outliers and such. But as far as I can tell, it’s not that case at all.

      Even worse: “normal” temperatures, which are smoothed a bit, so it’s not even a pure average. It’s just there. I get why they do it that way, but it seems like a better word is out there than “normal” for these things. Average probably only works for precipitation, while temperatures need something else entirely.

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