Morning Snow In and Out, Mild Temps Stay Behind

By: METEOROLOGIST MARK HENDERSON
By: METEOROLOGIST MARK HENDERSON

The amazing statistics continue to pile up as we continue through the home stretch of Meteorological Winter! Despite early snowfall Tuesday morning, which amounted officially to 0.8" at the Chicago-Rockford International Airport, the combination of above freezing temperatures and a relatively warm ground were enough to melt that snow in literally just a few hours! As we progressed into the afternoon hours, mixed sunshine emerged, and eventually a mostly sunny sky took us through the remainder of the day!

The high temperature officially reached 43-degrees Tuesday, marking the 72nd time since December 1 with highs of 30-degrees or warmer, and the 38th time of 40-degrees or warmer! Those numbers may not singularly be all that impressive, until you examine the percentage of total days in that span! For example, we've seen a high temperature of 30 or higher on a whopping 87% of days since Dec. 1!!! There've been just 11 times in that entire span in which we failed to reach 30! We've reached 40-degrees on nearly half of the days in that stretch... REMARKABLE! And 50-degree or warmer temperatures have occurred approximately 1 out of every 8 days!!! Put it this way, there has been a 50-degree temperature here nearly once a week!!!

We'll certainly see the percentages rise in the 30+ and 40+ categories over the next few days, and the 50+ mark may be in reach on a number of occasions in February's closing week. The first day in which a 50 is possible comes Wednesday, if a few wild cards work to our advantage. Should we be able to squeeze out a couple hours of sunshine and should we keep rain away until the evening hours, a 50-degree reading is entirely possible!

A storm system Sunday-Monday will also need to be watched. One reliable model suggests a solution in which a 60-degree temperature would be realistic on Monday before a line of strong thunderstorms passes through Monday afternoon. That's way out there in la-la land, but it'll bear close monitoring in coming days!


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