Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Snowless In Philadelphia

Even though parts of Minnesota and Wisconsin picked up a bounty of snow, there are places not far away from them that are still waiting for the season's first flakes.  Chicago and Milwaukee have yet to pick up measurable snowfall this cold season, setting records for duration between snowfalls of greater than a trace in the process.

Philadelphia, at least for now, has the same amount of snowfall this winter as people in those two locations.   The other thing we have going for us (if you can call it that) is a lengthy snow drought.  As of today, we're at 305 days and counting since our last measurable snowfall (more than a trace) in Philadelphia.  This marks the 11th longest snow drought since records were first kept in 1884 on snow.

The good news is that we have a looooong ways to go to reach a record.

The longest snowless stretch in Philadelphia's record was between March 1972 and December 1973 -- 616 days without a measured snowfall of greater than a trace.  That included the "snowless winter" of 1972-1973 when a trace was recorded nearly every month through winter but there was not a single snowfall of even a tenth of an inch.   We still have a long, long ways to go before we break that record.   However, we could make a run at the top three unless it snows next week with the midweek storm.

Maybe we can cue up a cute graphic and breaking news sirens to update you on the pursuit of measured snow at the Airport...or perhaps, and more in line with my style, keep updating this on occasion.