One Record Tied, Another One Looming

By: METEOROLOGIST MARK HENDERSON Email
By: METEOROLOGIST MARK HENDERSON Email

Monday night's snowfall brings Rockford's total for December through February to 63.4". This ties the all-time record for the same period, set back in 1978-79. A fairly well-organized clipper system takes aim on the region Thursday/Friday, with 2-4 inches a good bet. All we need is 0.1" to make this the all-time snowiest winter (Dec-Feb) ever!

Here's where things get a tad confusing....Even though we're likely to see the snowiest "winter" ever, we have not yet set a record for the snowiest "snow season". Get that? Let me try to explain. The National Weather Service characterizes "winter" as December, January, and February. Well, we all know that it can snow, and has snowed before in October, November, March, April, even May in some isolated instances.

Taking into account the 1.0" of snow we had seen in November, our snow season total for 2007-08 is 64.4". The "snow season" total for 1978-79 was 74.5". So we still have more than 10 inches to go to tie that record. Is it possible? Yes indeed! Again, it looks like we've got 2-4 inches coming Thursday/Friday, which would leave us beween 6-8 inches to go to tie that record. Historically, the months of March and April produce an average of 7.0" of snow here...so if this March and April hold true to form, we'll be awfully close! If this March and April go anything like December, January, and February have...then it's a done deal. Only time will tell.

If you ask my personal opinion on this...I'm sick of the snow...very, very sick of the snow. But I guess now that we've gone this far, we might as well just go ahead and break another darn record already...and then BRING ON SUMMER!


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