Saturday, February 04, 2012
Weather Rewind, January 29-February 4 2012
Precipitation for the week was rather modest -- through Saturday evening just 0.02" of rain fell -- that was with showers in association with the front on Wednesday morning. Traces of snow fell on Sunday night with a clipper front and also Saturday evening to the south and southwest of the city.
Going back over a hundred years, we've had twelve instances where Philadelphia has not had three inches of snow total by the end of January (this year marks the 12th). The average year after January 31st in those eleven other years picks up 7.3" of snow and in 1972-1973, didn't pick up any! What is crazy about the statistics below is that three of the eleven years featured double digit snowfall the remainder of the cold season, including the second half of the winter of '07 (which was particularly harsh from a temperature and sleet standpoint). Also included, the winter of 1914 (several minor to moderate storms in February and March) and the winter of '93 (Superstorm). Outside of those three, however, the pickings are slim to almost none.