The National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) released their official statistics for February and therefore, climatological winter this past Tuesday. Overall, the winter of 2010-2011 finished below average for the lower 48 states. The past three months finished as the 39th coldest winter overall of the 117 winters that such statistics have been taken. It was also the 2nd straight cooler than normal winter for the country.
The cooler conditions were felt across most of the lower 48 states as only Nevada and Maine recorded temperatures warm enough to be considered above normal by NCDC. The other 46 states were considered to have experienced either average or below average temperatures. The coldest state by average was Florida, having experienced overall their 10th coldest winter on record. It goes without saying that a cold Floridian winter would be considered a mild winter by most other standards.
North Dakota overall experienced the 41st coldest winter on record and Minnesota the 43rd coldest.