Historical Rankings for 2013-14 Snow Cover in Chicago and Rockford

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CHICAGO IL
740 PM CDT MON MAR 17 2014 /840 PM EDT MON MAR 17 2014/

ROCKFORD
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THE INCREDIBLE STREAK OF SNOW COVER AT ROCKFORD THAT BEGAN ON
DECEMBER 9 2013 FINALLY CAME TO AN END ON MARCH 11TH...93
CONSECUTIVE DAYS.

THIS 93 DAY STRETCH WITH AT LEAST ONE INCH OF SNOW ON THE GROUND IN
ROCKFORD WAS THE THIRD LONGEST STREAK IN THE PERIOD OF RECORD THAT
BEGAN IN 1905-1906.

TOP 5 LONGEST 1"+ SNOW DEPTH STREAKS IN ROCKFORD
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RANK  #DAYS  END DATE
----  -----  ---------
 1     109   3/19/1979
 2      99   3/18/1962
 3      93   3/11/2014
 4      91   3/20/1978
 5      62   2/06/1970

THE 93 CONSECUTIVE DAYS WITH AT LEAST ONE INCH OF SNOW ON THE
GROUND IN ROCKFORD ALSO EQUALS THE TOTAL NUMBER OF DAYS WITH 1"+
SNOW DEPTH FOR THE SNOWFALL SEASON (JUL 1-JUN 30). THIS IS THE
4TH MOST ON RECORD IN ROCKFORD.

TOP 5 SEASONS WITH MOST DAYS OF 1"+ SNOW DEPTH
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SEASON   DAYS WITH 1"+ SNOW DEPTH
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1978-79           117
1977-78           116
1961-62           101
2013-14            93*
1959-60            89

*DATA THROUGH MARCH 17 2014

ON DECEMBER 22 2013...THE SNOW DEPTH REACHED 4 INCHES IN
ROCKFORD. THE SNOW DEPTH DID NOT FALL BELOW 4 INCHES UNTIL MARCH
10TH...AN IMPRESSIVE 78 DAY STREAK ENDING ON MARCH 9TH. THIS IS
THE SECOND LONGEST STRETCH ON RECORD OF CONSECUTIVE DAYS WITH AT
LEAST 4 INCHES OF SNOW DEPTH.

TOP 5 LONGEST 4"+ SNOW DEPTH STREAKS IN ROCKFORD
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RANK  #DAYS  END DATE
----  -----  ---------
 1     103   3/18/1979
 2      78   3/09/2014
 3      59   2/11/1984
 4      58   3/11/1978
 5      52   2/21/1985

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CHICAGO
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THERE WAS AT LEAST ONE INCH OF SNOW ON THE GROUND AT CHICAGO-O`HARE
FROM JANUARY 18TH UNTIL MARCH 10TH...A 52 DAY STREAK. THIS WAS THE
11TH LONGEST STRETCH ON RECORD OF CONSECUTIVE DAYS WITH AT LEAST ONE
INCH SNOW DEPTH IN CHICAGO. IT WAS THE LONGEST SUCH STREAK SINCE
62 DAYS ENDING FEBRUARY 6 2001. THE RECORD LONGEST STREAK IS AN
AMAZING 98 DAYS ENDING MARCH 4 1979.

IN ADDITION...CHICAGO HAD A 21 DAY STRETCH FROM FEBRUARY 1ST-21ST
WITH AT LEAST FOUR INCHES OF SNOW ON THE GROUND. THAT RANKED AS
THE 15TH LONGEST SINCE 1885 AND THE LONGEST SINCE 29 CONSECUTIVE
DAYS ON JAN 10TH-FEB 7TH 2009.

FINALLY...THERE HAVE BEEN 80 TOTAL DAYS WITH AT LEAST ONE INCH OF
SNOW ON THE GROUND IN CHICAGO THIS SNOWFALL SEASON. THIS RANKS AS
THE 4TH MOST DAYS ON RECORD WITH AT LEAST ONE INCH OF SNOW ON THE
GROUND IN A SEASON (JUL 1-JUN 30).

TOP 5 SEASONS WITH MOST DAYS OF 1"+ SNOW DEPTH
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SEASON   DAYS WITH 1"+ SNOW DEPTH
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1978-79            98
1977-78            93
1909-10            82
2013-14            80*
1903-04            78
1911-12            78

*DATA THROUGH MARCH 17 2014

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RC


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