FWA with Nearly Twice the 2011-2012 Seasonal Snowfall of SBN

Through December 31, Fort Wayne has seen nearly twice the snowfall that South Bend has.  This marks only the 13th season since 1897 that this has occured.  In the 2011-2012 season, Fort Wayne has seen 5.7 more inches of snow than South Bend which is the greatest snowfall advantage at Fort Wayne in recorded history.


Seasons with more snow at Fort Wayne than South Bend through December 31 are listed below. 

Seasons  with more snow at FWA than SBN through December 31
Season FWA Snowfall through 12/31 SBN Snowfall through 12/31 Difference FWA Season Total SBN Season Total
1915-1916 19.1 18.8 0.3 38.9 36.8
1921-1922 8.3 6.3 2.0 27.2 24.0
1922-1923 9.1 5.8 3.3 34.6 17.5
1923-1924 1.5 1.0 0.5 34.9 34.5
1924-2925 9.6 7.0 2.6 22.6 16.3
1927-1928 8.3 7.6 0.7 20.1 26.8
1928-1929 8.6 5.5 3.1 27.2 43.1
1933-1934 12.9 9.4 3.5 34.5 33.8
1936-1937 3.0 2.4 0.6 14.6 16.4
1961-1962 10.2 10.2 0.0 32.7 57.3
2003-2004 11.6 10.7 0.9 36.4 44.3
2006-2007 4.8 4.2 0.6 29.1 64.5
2011-2012 11.0 5.7 5.3 ? ?
1897-2011 average 9.3 22.0 -12.7 30.1 71.0

A large reason for the snowfall deficit at South Bend is a lack of lake-effect snow.  This is evident in the table since there is no discernable correlation to above or below average snowfall at Fort Wayne while South Bend snowfall is significantly below the long term average.  During years with more snowfall at Fort Wayne than South Bend through December 31, the average snowfall at South Bend was 34.6" which is less than half the long term average! 

***Something here about the near and long term forecast***

 

 EB



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