Snow Depth Stats Through February 24th

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CHICAGO IL 908 PM CST MON FEB 24 2014 /1008 PM EST MON FEB 24 2014/  ...SNOW DEPTH STATS THROUGH FEBRUARY 24TH...  SNOW ON THE GROUND CONTINUES TO PERSIST ACROSS MUCH OF NORTHERN ILLINOIS AND FOR SOME AREAS...INCLUDING ROCKFORD...THIS IS CLOSING IN ON THREE MONTHS STRAIGHT. MUCH OF NORTH CENTRAL ILLINOIS INCLUDING PARTS OF THE NORTHERN CHICAGO METRO HAVE HAD SUSTAINED SNOW COVER SINCE EARLY DECEMBER 2013 AND THAT IS CLIMBING WELL UP IN THE HISTORICAL RANKINGS. AS FOR THE CENTRAL AND SOUTH CHICAGO METRO AND LOCATIONS SOUTH OF INTERSTATE 80...INCLUDING NORTHWEST INDIANA...BRIEF MILDER TEMPERATURES AND RAINFALL DURING THE SECOND WEEKEND OF JANUARY HELPED LEAD TO A MELTING OF MUCH SNOW COVER. HOWEVER...MOST OF THESE AREAS HAVE HAD SNOW COVER EVER SINCE THAT MELTING EPISODE.  ----------------------------------------------------------------- ROCKFORD  MONDAY FEBRUARY 24TH WAS THE 78TH CONSECUTIVE DAY WITH 2 OR MORE INCHES OF SNOW ON THE GROUND IN ROCKFORD /DATING BACK TO DECEMBER 9TH/...WHICH IS THE LONGEST SUCH STREAK IN ROCKFORD SINCE THE LATE 70S WINTERS...AND THE FOURTH LONGEST ON RECORD DATING BACK TO 1905.  HERE IS A RUNDOWN OF THE LONGEST STREAK OF CONSECUTIVE DAYS WITH 4 OR MORE INCHES OF SNOW ON THE GROUND IN ROCKFORD...  RANK    # OF DAYS   END OF STREAK  1)        107       3/18/1979  2)         97       3/18/1962  3)         89       3/18/1978  4)         78       THROUGH 2/24/2014 AND GOING STRONG  5)         59       2/11/1984  IN ADDITION...MONDAY FEBRUARY 24TH WAS THE 65TH CONSECUTIVE DAY AT ROCKFORD WITH AT LEAST 4 INCHES OF SNOW ON THE GROUND IN ROCKFORD /DATING BACK TO DECEMBER 22ND/. THIS IS THE SECOND LONGEST STREAK ON RECORD.  HERE IS A RUNDOWN OF THE LONGEST STREAK OF CONSECUTIVE DAYS WITH 4 OR MORE INCHES OF SNOW ON THE GROUND IN ROCKFORD...  RANK    # OF DAYS   END OF STREAK  1)        103       3/18/1979  2)         65       THROUGH 2/24/2014  3)         59       2/11/1984  4)         58       3/11/1978  5)         52       2/21/1985  FINALLY...AN IMPRESSIVELY LONG STRETCH OF 25 DAYS WITH 8 OR MORE INCHES OF SNOW ON THE GROUND IN ROCKFORD ENDED ON FEBRUARY 25TH AND RANKED AS THE FOURTH LONGEST.  HERE IS A RUNDOWN OF THE LONGEST STREAK OF CONSECUTIVE DAYS WITH 8 OR MORE INCHES OF SNOW ON THE GROUND IN ROCKFORD...  RANK    # OF DAYS   END OF STREAK  1)         75       3/15/1979  2)         40       3/20/1960  3)         34       1/25/1970  4)         25       2/19/2014  5)         23       2/13/1959   ----------------------------------------------------------------- CHICAGO  CHICAGO OBSERVED 13 INCHES OF SNOW DEPTH ON THE MORNINGS OF FEBRUARY 9TH AND 10TH AND THEN 14 INCHES ON THE MORNING OF THE 18TH...WHICH WERE THE HIGHEST SNOW DEPTH MEASUREMENTS SINCE AFTER THE GROUNDHOG DAY BLIZZARD IN FEBRUARY 2011.  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...CHICAGO HAS GONE SINCE JANUARY 18TH WITH AT LEAST ONE INCH OF SNOW ON THE GROUND WHICH IS 38 CONSECUTIVE DAYS. THIS IS THE LONGEST STRETCH SINCE 2001 AND THE 18TH LONGEST STRETCH ON RECORD. THIS STREAK WILL LIKELY APPROACH A TOP TEN LONGEST STRETCH...THAT IS ONE OF AT LEAST 53 STRAIGHT DAYS.  $$  MTF/RC

 


 

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