Say it Ain’t Snow

Even though December 2012 has been wetter than normal—Rockford’s picked up 2.49 inches of precipitation—we are in a snow drought.  While some parts of the area have picked up more than 1 foot of snow, the observation site at Chicago Rockford International Airport has only picked up a paltry 2.1 inches of the white stuff!  Now while it is true that some areas of the Forest City have picked up 3 to 5 inches of snow this season, Rockford’s official climate report is based from data at the airport.  With that in mind, we should have already picked up 12.4 inches of snow this season.  We are 10.3 inches behind in snowfall at the airport as of December 29th.

Just 80 miles to our west in Dubuque, Iowa, over 19 inches of snow has fallen this season. And 65 miles north of Rockford lies Madison.  Wisconsin’s Capital City has picked up nearly 2 feet of snow this season!  These two cities were in the track of storm systems which favored snow, whereas Rockford, Chicago, and Milwaukee were in the transition zone / warm sector of many of the same weather systems.  That resulted in significantly less snowfall accumulation.

Even Little Rock, Arkansas—which has less than a 5% chance of a ‘White Christmas’—picked up 10.3 inches of snow on December 25th!  For the foreseeable future, there are very few chances for snowfall accumulation through the first week of 2013.  A system on New Year’s Eve will brush by the area to the south.  A few light snow showers are possible, especially along the I-88 corridor (Sterling, Dixon, Rochelle, DeKalb, and points south).  An area of high pressure with a dry north wind will erode most of the moisture and keep much of northern Illinois free from snow accumulation.  Parts of southern Illinois will likely see a minor accumulating snow on New Year’s Eve.

-Joe

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Posted under 13 Climate Authority, snow, statistics, weather, winter weather

This post was written by qni_it on December 29, 2012

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