Oh yes they did! Most storms I remember trended NW and sheared out as they blasted the Dakotas. Curiosity, is what drives us humans of the unknown and I, to, am very curious to see if indeed these latest trends are something to look for rolling into the cold season. My gut feeling tells me that we will see more amplified blocking unlike years past. This season has characteristics I would pray for seeing as a kid growing up and hearing stories of the great winters in the late 70's. If we get to see something along those lines this year and be able to see mother nature produce something special across our sub forum I will be lit from "ear to ear".
"That 70's Show!" Idk about Chicago, but for SMI 81-82 was a glory years "flashback" and especially for SEMI. Not too often they have 2 foot OTG! As for SWMI, the numerous Arctic fronts plus synoptic storms led to LES blizzards, traditional blizzards, and 7 Mondays in a row of school cancellations! Historic stuff and to see it analoged totally rocks
Winter 2017-18 Snow Total = 68.3" Oct: 0.0 Nov: 0.0 Dec: 24.2 Jan: 14.5 Feb: 19.7 Mar: 4.7 Apr: 5.2 (annual avg for mby = ~49.9", avg for last 10 seasons = 67.4" ) 135% of normal-what a stretch it's been!!
Winter 2016-17 Snow Total = 52"
Winter 2015-16 Snow Total = 57.4"
Winter 2014-15 Snow Total = 55.3"
Winter 2013-14 Snow Total = 100.6" (coldest & snowiest in the modern record!)
Winter 2012-13 Snow Total = 47.2"
Winter 2011-12 Snow Total = 43.7"
Notable Blizzards/Snowstorms in SWMI: Nov 2015, Feb 2015, Jan 2014, Feb 2011, Dec 2000, Jan 1999, Mar 1998, Jan 1982, Jan 1979, Jan 1978, Jan 1977, March 1973, Jan 1967, March 1947, Jan 1918
"Long range winter forecasting - it's like tossing darts in a hurricane.." "In my day, they didn't name 'em, they just called 'em blizzards! *Shakes fist in air and ambles away mumbling to himself" “and to think kids nowadays get day's off school because the wind blew. I think in '78 we only got 1 day off” "..It's the U.P. where there are two seasons. Winter, and three months of bad skiing.."