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First Heavy Snow report of the season at ORD...

 

 

Heavy Snow Blowing Snow Freezing Fog and Breezy

29°F

Humidity 92% Wind Speed N 25 G 37 mph Barometer 29.85 in (1011.6 mb) Dewpoint 27°F (-3°C) Visibility 0.25 mi Wind Chill 15°F (-9°C) Last update 11 Jan 7:51 pm CST
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About 2 inches of snow total here as the snowfall has pretty much ended in my backyard.   This likely qualifies as the biggest snowfall event I have seen yet this Winter- this “amazing” snow event fi

OMADOME will not be penetrated...    

ended up with an even 4.0" just W of DSM about 20 minutes. Didn't think it was going to be much over 3" but the last  band was high in ratios--- since 6pm I had 1.7" ; melted down was .10. So 17:1 and

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Winter 2020-21 Snow Total = 35.1"  Largest Storm: 10.2" (2/15-16)        Oct: 0.0 Nov: 1.5 Dec: 3.6 Jan: 10.0 Feb: 20.0 Mar: 0.0 Apr: 0.0

 

Annual avg for mby = 49.7"  Avg for last 10 seasons = 58.4" (118% of normal)

2019-20 = 48.0"  2018-19 = 56.1"  2017-18 = 68.3"   2016-17 = 52"   2015-16 = 57.4"   2014-15 = 55.3"   2013-14 = 100.6" (coldest & snowiest in the modern record!)  2012-13 = 47.2"   2011-12 = 43.7"

 

Legit Blizzards (high winds and dbl digit snows): Feb 2011, Dec 2009, Jan 2005, Dec 2000, Jan 1999, Mar 1998, Nov 1989, Jan 1982, Jan 1978, Jan 1977, Apr 1975, Mar 1973, Jan 1967, Feb 1965, Jan 1918

 

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^ looks like a bust for Chicago area? I see 3-5 in the grids but only see 1" or so reports?

There may be some 2-3" reports out in the far western burbs where the heavier bands set up but across the metro and into NE IL I'd say it was a bust, esp the northern burbs where they were forecast to get up into the warning criteria. 

 

 

Edit: Won't complain though, b/c its nice to see the landscape snow covered again.  I did, however, score on some very heavy snowfall rates which was nice to see.

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Just took a few measurements on my deck and came up with a whopping...drum roll please...1.9"!  Not sure how accurate it will be with all the wind blowing the snow around and off of my roof.  Should be close to that I'd imagine because we did have some very heavy snowfall rates.

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Honest question. What were some of the heaviest snow reports from this system??? Seems like a major bust from most of the posts in this thread. Were there some lollipops?

Taking a look at all the snow reports across our Sub, down in KS/MO a general 2-5" range fell there, a few 4" reports in C IL and in C IA...ORD official tally was 2.1"

Edit: Even up in N MI they had no more than 4" when they were showing to get 8-12"+ each and every run.

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Taking a look at all the snow reports across our Sub, down in KS/MO a general 2-5" range fell there, a few 4" reports in C IL and in C IA...ORD official tally was 2.1"

Edit: Even up in N MI they had no more than 4" when they were showing to get 8-12"+ each and every run.

 

Yep, and that office had some explaining to do as most. Unlike other offices, they tried by publishing this:

 

20200112 APX Storm FAIL Graphic.png

 

Here in Marshall, we ALWAYS get the wet part correct:

 

0755 PM HEAVY RAIN 2 SSE MARSHALL 42.23N 84.95W

01/11/2020 M2.26 INCH CALHOUN MI AWOS

 

AWOS STATION KRMY MARSHALL BROOKS FIELD.

 

As we know, the Euro failed just as miserably with it's portrayal of a "Major Snowstorm" with amounts as high as 30+ inches at one point across NMI (incredibly off the mark!). When this thread was started the Euro still had the heavy swath where (in a typical cold regime it would've been) right across SMI. So, it had the end track correct way back on Monday prior to shifting NW with the heavy snow swath and "yellow track" per the APX graphic. In that shifted position it insisted on 1/2" of snow for mby which is where I ended up. It's (and other model's) better snows as they realized the track would be more SE weren't doing a good job with the warm nose aloft. Only some of the SR models kept snowfall minimal here, most along with the globals showed 2-4". I do see a 2" report about 40 mi due north so you could say that's how far they missed this by for mby. 

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Winter 2020-21 Snow Total = 35.1"  Largest Storm: 10.2" (2/15-16)        Oct: 0.0 Nov: 1.5 Dec: 3.6 Jan: 10.0 Feb: 20.0 Mar: 0.0 Apr: 0.0

 

Annual avg for mby = 49.7"  Avg for last 10 seasons = 58.4" (118% of normal)

2019-20 = 48.0"  2018-19 = 56.1"  2017-18 = 68.3"   2016-17 = 52"   2015-16 = 57.4"   2014-15 = 55.3"   2013-14 = 100.6" (coldest & snowiest in the modern record!)  2012-13 = 47.2"   2011-12 = 43.7"

 

Legit Blizzards (high winds and dbl digit snows): Feb 2011, Dec 2009, Jan 2005, Dec 2000, Jan 1999, Mar 1998, Nov 1989, Jan 1982, Jan 1978, Jan 1977, Apr 1975, Mar 1973, Jan 1967, Feb 1965, Jan 1918

 

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Its icy and received little snow on top of the ice. Roads are a mess. Haven't been out yet, but I can tell from my sidewalk and road. Temp is at 22F.

 

Picked up .025" of ice followed by a dusting f snow.

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Snowfall as of today:  Feb, 2021: 41.2"

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Its icy and received little snow on top of the ice. Roads are a mess. Haven't been out yet, but I can tell from my sidewalk and road. Temp is at 22F.

 

Not much of a "winter" storm, eh bud? Due to poor timing of moisture and cold, places at lower latitudes have had better snows than us which is very much like a strong Nino, even tho that's not the current ENSO state. 

Winter 2020-21 Snow Total = 35.1"  Largest Storm: 10.2" (2/15-16)        Oct: 0.0 Nov: 1.5 Dec: 3.6 Jan: 10.0 Feb: 20.0 Mar: 0.0 Apr: 0.0

 

Annual avg for mby = 49.7"  Avg for last 10 seasons = 58.4" (118% of normal)

2019-20 = 48.0"  2018-19 = 56.1"  2017-18 = 68.3"   2016-17 = 52"   2015-16 = 57.4"   2014-15 = 55.3"   2013-14 = 100.6" (coldest & snowiest in the modern record!)  2012-13 = 47.2"   2011-12 = 43.7"

 

Legit Blizzards (high winds and dbl digit snows): Feb 2011, Dec 2009, Jan 2005, Dec 2000, Jan 1999, Mar 1998, Nov 1989, Jan 1982, Jan 1978, Jan 1977, Apr 1975, Mar 1973, Jan 1967, Feb 1965, Jan 1918

 

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Not much of a "winter" storm, eh bud? Due to poor timing of moisture and cold, places at lower latitudes have had better snows than us which is very much like a strong Nino, even tho that's not the current ENSO state. 

Yep, kinda looks like being South (perhaps Tennessee area ). This would be their typical winterstorm. Nevertheless, its icy out there. A typical Nino Winter.

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Snowfall as of today:  Feb, 2021: 41.2"

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In a continuation of the "strangely parallel seasons" category, I checked my records and confirmed my memory that exactly 1 year ago, the 11-12th storm delivered the same 0.5" total for mby. So, both years MO got way more snow from these storms while I got the same amount of Chump change!  :blink:

Winter 2020-21 Snow Total = 35.1"  Largest Storm: 10.2" (2/15-16)        Oct: 0.0 Nov: 1.5 Dec: 3.6 Jan: 10.0 Feb: 20.0 Mar: 0.0 Apr: 0.0

 

Annual avg for mby = 49.7"  Avg for last 10 seasons = 58.4" (118% of normal)

2019-20 = 48.0"  2018-19 = 56.1"  2017-18 = 68.3"   2016-17 = 52"   2015-16 = 57.4"   2014-15 = 55.3"   2013-14 = 100.6" (coldest & snowiest in the modern record!)  2012-13 = 47.2"   2011-12 = 43.7"

 

Legit Blizzards (high winds and dbl digit snows): Feb 2011, Dec 2009, Jan 2005, Dec 2000, Jan 1999, Mar 1998, Nov 1989, Jan 1982, Jan 1978, Jan 1977, Apr 1975, Mar 1973, Jan 1967, Feb 1965, Jan 1918

 

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I forgot to mention that I received 0.65" of precip from this system.  I had to bring the entire gauge stand into the basement to melt all the ice it was encased in.

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season snowfall: 52.5"

 

'19-20: 36.2"      '18-19: 50.2"      '17-18: 39.5"      '16-17: 17.9"      '15-16: 20.0"      '14-15: 30.4"      '13-14: 48.3"      '12-13: 34.1"

 

Average snowfall: ~30"

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I forgot to mention that I received 0.65" of precip from this system.  I had to bring the entire gauge stand into the basement to melt all the ice it was encased in.

I just went out with warm water and slowly poured it over the mounting brackets to get mine loose. Also climbed the icy windmill very carefully and melted the ice off my anemometer that way.

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‘20 - ‘21 season snowfall = 39.3”

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