Unusually White and Wet Winter

The winter of 2007-2008 will go down as one of the wettest and snowiest winters on record at both Chicago and Rockford, as well as across much of the midwest. Here’s how the numbers break down at Rockford and Chicago...

Here are the snowiest seasons on record...

seaonal snowfall graphic

Record Snowiest Seasons In Chicago

Years

Snowfall Total

1)  1978-1979

89.7"

2)  1977-1978

82.3"

3)  1969-1970

77.0"

4)  1966-1967

68.4"

5)  1951-1952

66.4"

6)  1917-1918

64.1"

7)  1964-1965

59.5"

     1903-1904

59.5"

9)  1981-1982

59.3"

10) 1961-1962

58.9"

 

 

18) 2007-2008

52.4"

 

Rockfords Snowiest Seasons

Record Snowiest Seasons in Rockford

Years

Snowfall Total

1)  1978-1979 74.5"

2)  2007-2008

66.1"
3)  1942-1943 61.0"
4)  1974-1975 58.2"
5)  1925-1926 56.7"
6)  1911-1912 55.9"
7)  1959-1960 55.2"
8)  1958-1959 54.9"
9)  1951-1952 54.7"
10) 1935-1936 53.8"

 

Here are the snowiest winters (Dec-Feb) on record...

chicago snowiest winters

Chicago’s Snowiest Winters

Years

Snowfall Total

1)  1978-1979 80.6"
2)  1977-1978 71.2"
3)  1917-1918 59.9"
4)  1966-1967 58.1"
5)  1973-1974 54.2"
6)  2007-2008 52.1"
7)  1961-1962 50.0"
8)  1884-1885 48.0"
9)  1885-1886 47.3"
10) 1907-1908 45.8"

 

Rockford’s Snowiest Winters

Rockford’s Snowiest Winters

Years

Snowfall Total

1)  2007-2008 65.1"
2)  1978-1979 63.4"
3)  1993-1994 49.9"

4)  1909-1910

48.9"
5)  1973-1974 47.3"
6)  1917-1918 46.4"
7)  1935-1936 42.8"
8)  1942-1943 41.0"
9)  1987-1988 40.3"
10) 1977-1978 40.2"

 

Here are the snowiest Februarys on record...

Chicago Feb snow

Record Snowiest Februarys in Chicago

Year

Snowfall Total

1)  1896 27.8"
2)  1994 26.2"
3)  1900 22.6"
4)  1967 22.5"
5)  2008 21.8"
6)  1901 21.1"
7)   2007 20.3"
8)  1908 19.8"
9)  1978 19.7"
10) 1903 19.5"

 

Rockford’s Snowiest Februarys

Record Snowiest Februarys in Rockford

Year

Snowfall Total

1)  1994 30.2"
2)  2008 25.8"
3)  1944 21.8"
4)  1975 21.4"
5)  1960 19.5"
6)  1936 18.0"
7)  1912 15.8"
8)  1946 15.5"
9)  1974 15.1"
     1962 15.1"

 

Here are the wettest winters on records...

Wettest Chicago Winters

Chicago’s Wettest Winters

Years

Precipitation Total

1)  1949-1950 13.79"
2)  1895-1896 11.36"
3)  1982-1983 11.28"
4)  1886-1887 9.99"
5)  1875-1876 9.74"
6)  1973-1974 9.67"
7)  1873-1874 9.42"
8)  1884-1885 9.40"
9)  2007-2008 8.94"
10) 1979-1980 8.91"
11) 1959-1960 8.89"

 

wettest rockford winters

Rockford’s Wettest Winters

Years

Precipitation Total

1)  1945-1946 10.38"
2)  1959-1960 9.19"
3)  1942-1943 8.76"
4)  1936-1937 8.69"
5)  1973-1974 8.52"
6)  2007-2008 7.47"
7)  2000-2001 7.26"
8)  1987-1988 7.02"
9)  1914-1915 6.82"
10) 1992-1993 6.68"

 

Here are the wettest Februarys on record...

wettest chicago februarys

Wettest Chicago Februarys

Year

Precipitation Total

1)  1881

5.98"

2)  1997

5.56"

3)  1887

5.10"

4)  1883

4.74"

5)  1876

3.90"

6)  1909

3.84"

7)  1908

3.72"

8)  2008

3.52"

     1896

3.52"

10) 1896

3.48"

 

 

 

Wettest Record Februarys

Wettest Rockford Februarys

Year

Precipitation Total

1) 1944 3.32"
2) 1908 3.20"
3) 2008 3.05"
4) 2001 3.05"
5) 1994 3.04"
6) 1911 2.95"
7) 1915 2.88"
8) 1997 2.83"
9) 1925 2.68"
10) 1971 2.67"

 

Here are some graphics showing approximate precipitation totals for the winter months across the midwest...

The map shows that all of northern Illinois picked up more than 8 inches of precipitation during the 90 day period ending in late February, with portions of east central Illinois into northwest Indiana picking up more than 15 inches of precipitation!

Here’s a map showing the departure from normal precipitation for the same period...

 departure from normal winter precipitation

Notice that a swatch of the area from Bloomington through Iroquois county into northwest Indiana saw rainfall more than 8 inches above average during the past 3 months!

* = indicates that precipitation and snowfall totals are preliminary and only include precipitation that has fallen through February 26th.



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