Below is a map of the storm tracks for the 2018-19 season as well as a graph of the timeline for named winter storms over the past 7 years. Naming is based on the objective criteria of at least 2 million population or an area of at least 400,000 sq. km. covered by NWS Winter Storm Warnings. This past season kicked off in mid-November and then never looked back as named storms occurred with regularity through mid-April.
I find it very interesting when one looks at how closely each letter of the alphabet occurs throughout the season. Below is the complete list of named winter storms with dates for the past 7 years. Compare the dates certain storms were named. Look at the “J” storms as an example. Notice how every single “J” storm was named within a week of each other! Many other letters follow the same pattern which brings up the question as to whether or not there is something more to the naming process or could it just be the way in which each winter is modulated in some way across the US? These are questions that will likely be pursued as we continue to name winter storms.
I have plotted each storm track over the 3-day total snowfall from the National Operational Hydrologic Remote Sensing Center (NOHRSC) site. In some cases I have mosaicked two sets of snowfall maps to encompass storms which lasted more than 3 days as they crossed the US. In addition, I have provided the link to the full storm summary with all sorts of fascinating statistics. Enjoy!