Chicago no-snow-record close to being broken

9:36 AM, Dec 11, 2012   |    comments
Latest cumulative snowfall map showing most of the United States not covered in snow.
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No snow here, no snow there.

Minus the big snow storm across parts of the Great Plains this past weekend, its seems like snow has been on the sparse side so far this fall, especially across Northeast Ohio. For instance, Cleveland Hopkins International Airport has only recorded 0.3 inches of snow this fall, putting the city close to 8 inches below average for the fall-winter season. Akron-Canton Regional Airport has only recorded 0.5 inches of snow, leaving the area more than 5 inches below average. Mansfield has only recorded 2.6 inches of snow, leaving this city more than 2 inches below average.

Still, Northeast Ohio hasn't set any records for not having snow. Chicago on the other hand, looks to do just that.

Chicago tied it's record Monday for longest period of days (280 days) without measurable snowfall, with "measurable" defined as 0.10 inches or more. With the best chances for snow being Monday, and very little, if any, forecast accumulations Monday through Tuesday morning, it looks like the record will be broken.

The last time Chicago recorded measurable snowfall was on March 4, 2012. In an average year, the city receives about 36.7 inches. the offical recording site is O'Hare International Airport.

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