Seven feet of snow?

Capture42012 brought the Midwest the worst drought conditions in a generation! It all began in May when we saw only 1.62 inches of rainfall, nearly 2 1/2 inches below normal!

While the drought continues now, the precipitation began to turn around in December. The problem for many snowlovers has been the warm temperatures. It was just too warm to produce much snowfall in the first few months of the winter. In December, we had a surplus of 1/2 inch, but that got even higher in January.

January 2013 was a very odd month. While we saw over 3 inches of precipitation, almost all of it came in the form of RAIN! For the month we only got 2.7 inches of snow. To make the comparison fully, the 3.09″ of precipitation, had it come as all snow, would have been 2 1/2 FEET! Okay, with that being said. What if all of our precipitation this winter season fell as snow? We’ve had 8.51 inches of precipitation. Move that decimal point over to the left one place and if all of the snow came down heavy, we would’ve seen 85 inches! The record snowiest winter season for Rockford is 74.5 inches, set 1978/1979.

Bottom line: The precipitation trend has been wonderful for our drought woes. It’s also beneficial to be making this up in the latter part of the winter season versus the early part. Heading into March, it will prep our precious agricultural zones with much-needed moisture and nutrients! -Eric

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This post was written by qni_it on February 27, 2013

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