Grand Island Sets Snow Depth Duration Record

...GRAND ISLAND NEBRASKA SETS A RECORD FOR THE NUMBER OF CONSECUTIVE   
DAYS WITH A SNOW DEPTH OF 3 INCHES OR GREATER...  
 
IT HAS TRULY BEEN A WHITE WINTER IN GRAND ISLAND EVER SINCE THE   
FIRST BIG SNOWFALL OF DECEMBER...WHICH BEGAN ON DECEMBER 6TH. THE   
OFFICIAL SNOW DEPTH AT GRAND ISLAND HAS REMAINED AT LEAST 3 INCHES   
OR GREATER SINCE THAT 6TH DAY OF DECEMBER. IN FACT...THE SNOW DEPTH   
HAS ACTUALLY BEEN MUCH GREATER THAN 3 INCHES OVER A MAJORITY OF THE   
PERIOD WITH A SNOW DEPTH OF 10 INCHES OR GREATER ON 33 OF THE DAYS   
THIS WINTER.  
 
THE COMBINATION OF SEEING THE SNOWIEST DECEMBER ON   
RECORD...ACCOMPANIED BY TEMPERATURES THAT AVERAGED MUCH BELOW NORMAL   
FROM DECEMBER THROUGH EARLY JANUARY SET THE STAGE FOR THE PROLONGED   
SNOW COVER. A NOTEWORTHY JANUARY THAW BY MID TO LATE JANUARY MELTED   
MUCH OF THE SNOW...BUT ENOUGH REMAINED SO THAT THE OVERALL AVERAGE   
SNOW DEPTH IN GRAND ISLAND REMAINED AT OR GREATER THAN 3 INCHES.  
 
AS OF MONDAY FEBRUARY 8TH...GRAND ISLAND HAS OFFICIALLY RECORDED A   
SNOW DEPTH OF 3 OR MORE INCHES FOR 64 CONSECUTIVE DAYS. THIS BREAKS   
THE OLD RECORD OF 60 CONSECUTIVE DAYS SET BACK IN THE WINTER OF   
1983/1984. IT ALSO MOVES GRAND ISLAND INTO FOURTH PLACE FOR THE   
NUMBER OF CONSECUTIVE DAYS WITH A SNOW DEPTH OF 1 INCH OR GREATER.   
THE RECORD FOR THE NUMBER OF CONSECUTIVE DAYS WITH A SNOW DEPTH OF 1   
INCH OR GREATER...WHICH WAS 102 CONSECUTIVE DAYS...WAS SET BACK IN   
THE WINTER OF 1978/1979. IN ORDER FOR GRAND ISLAND TO BREAK THIS   
NEXT AND MORE DIFFICULT RECORD...THE SNOW COVER WOULD HAVE TO REMAIN   
IN PLACE THROUGH MID MARCH. THAT IS ONE RECORD THAT WOULD OBVIOUSLY   
BE DIFFICULT TO BREAK AND WOULD DEPEND HEAVILY ON HOW COLD AND SNOWY   
THE REMAINDER OF FEBRUARY INTO EARLY MARCH TURN OUT TO BE.  
 
ANOTHER SNOW DEPTH RECORD THAT GRAND ISLAND REACHED EARLIER THIS   
WINTER WAS THE NUMBER OF CONSECUTIVE DAYS WITH A SNOW DEPTH OF 1   
FOOT OR MORE. THIS RECORD OF 21 DAYS WAS TIED BACK IN MID JANUARY   
BEFORE TEMPERATURES WARMED AND THE SNOW BEGAN TO MELT.  
 
TOP 5 STRINGS OF CONSECUTIVE DAYS WITH A SNOW DEPTH OF 1 FOOT (12   
INCHES) OR GREATER AT GRAND ISLAND:  
 
1)  21 DAYS 2009/2010 (RECORD STREAK ENDED 1/15/2010)  
2)  21 DAYS 1905  
3)  19 DAYS 1974/1975  
4)  15 DAYS 1968/1969  
5)  12 DAYS 1983/1984  
 
TOP 10 STRINGS OF CONSECUTIVE DAYS WITH A SNOW DEPTH OF 3 INCHES OR   
GREATER AT GRAND ISLAND:  
 
1)  64 DAYS 2009/2010 (AS OF FEB 8TH 2010)  
2)  60 DAYS 1983/1984  
3)  51 DAYS 2007/2008  
4)  49 DAYS 1978/1979  
5)  49 DAYS 1948/1949  
6)  46 DAYS 1939/1940  
7)  44 DAYS 1974/1975  
8)  44 DAYS 1904/1905  
9)  41 DAYS 1973/1974  
10) 36 DAYS 1960  
 
TOP 10 STRINGS OF CONSECUTIVE DAYS WITH A SNOW DEPTH OF 1 INCH OR   
GREATER AT GRAND ISLAND:  
 
1)  102 DAYS 1978/1979  
2)   89 DAYS 1968/1969  
3)   75 DAYS 1974/1975  
4)   64 DAYS 2009/2010 (AS OF FEB 8TH 2010)  
5)   63 DAYS 1983/1984  
6)   62 DAYS 1948/1949  
7)   60 DAYS 2007/2008  
8)   59 DAYS 1992/1993  
9)   58 DAYS 1973/1974  
10)  58 DAYS 1939/1940  
 
FARTHER SOUTH AND WEST...LESS SNOW FELL IN HASTINGS AND KEARNEY AND   
THE JANUARY THAW MELTED ENOUGH OF THE SNOW TO REDUCE THE SNOW DEPTH   
TO UNDER 1 INCH AT TIMES. CONSEQUENTLY...SIMILAR SNOW DEPTH RECORDS    
WILL NOT BE SET IN HASTINGS OR KEARNEY.  



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