The winter of 2021-22 will be most remembered for how warm and dry it was across the United States. More than 100 cities from coast to coast reported near-record-high temperatures and near-record-low amounts of rain and snow.
For recordkeeping purposes, meteorologists and climatologists define winter as the three-month period from December through February, so that's what FOX Weather used in this analysis of winter temperatures and precipitation.
Let's take a look at which cities had a record-setting winter, according to data provided by the Southeast Regional Climate Center.
An astounding 183 locations had one of their 10 warmest winters on record in 2021-22. Of those, four saw their all-time warmest winter, including Del Rio, Texas.
It was the third-warmest winter in Jackson, Mississippi; the fourth warmest in Tampa and Fort Myers, Florida; the sixth warmest in Atlanta and Tupelo, Mississippi; the seventh warmest in Phoenix and Orlando, Florida; the eighth warmest in Paducah, Kentucky, and Colorado Springs, Colorado; the ninth warmest in Dallas/Fort Worth, Little Rock, Arkansas, and Charlotte, North Carolina; and the 10th warmest in Birmingham, Alabama, Daytona Beach, Florida, and Fresno, California.
A far-less-impressive 15 locations saw one of their 10 coldest winters on record.
According to Shane Brown, senior weather data specialist at FOX Weather, no locations of note had a top-10 coldest winter in 2021-22.
There were 60 locations that had one of their 10 wettest winters on record when including precipitation from both rain and melted snow/ice. However, no city reported an all-time wettest winter.
It was the fifth-wettest winter in Lexington, Kentucky; the seventh wettest in International Falls, Minnesota, and Columbus, Ohio; the eighth wettest in Grand Forks, North Dakota; the ninth wettest in Paducah, Kentucky; and the 10th wettest in Dayton, Ohio, Evansville, Indiana, and Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan.
A whopping 170 locations saw one of their 10 driest winters on record when including precipitation from both rain and melted snow/ice. Of those, 18 locations either set or tied their all-time driest winter in 2021-22, including Lake Charles, Louisiana, and Beaumont/Port Arthur, Texas.
It was the second-driest winter in Norfolk, Virginia, Lincoln, Nebraska, and Baton Rouge, Louisiana; the third driest in Redding and Salina, California; the fourth driest in Sioux City, Iowa; the fifth driest in Midland/Odessa and Waco, Texas; the sixth driest in Dallas/Fort Worth and Roswell, New Mexico; the seventh driest in Pensacola, Florida; the eighth driest in New Orleans, Kansas City and Tampa, Florida; and the ninth driest in Topeka, Kansas, Amarillo, Texas, and Stockton, California.