Busy Winter For The Windy City

Busy Winter For The Windy City

Since Christmas, Chicago has experienced some sort of precipitation during more than three-quarters of its days.

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February 11, 2019
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Between Christmas Day and yesterday (Feb. 10, 2019), Chicago has observed at least a trace of rain or snow in 39 out of 48 days (81.25%).
It’s been a busy winter season so far for the Chicagoland market, a fact most meteorologists and snow removal companies can agree with.

The season started off just after Thanksgiving with a record-setting early season winter storm that dropped over 8 inches of snow in Chicago and more than a foot in some areas west of the city.

A brief lull in activity through mid-December was followed by an extremely active wintry pattern that has taken hold and doesn't seem to want to let go.

For example, between Christmas Day and yesterday (Feb. 10, 2019), Chicago has observed at least a trace of rain or snow in 39 out of 48 days (81.25%). Even eliminating the instances of trace amounts of precipitation, this still puts Chicago in fourth place for the most number of days with precipitation on record during this period.

In fact, only 2008, 1982, and 2014 were busier for snow and ice professional, ranked 1-3 respectively. Specifically looking at snowfall, Chicago has officially observed 19 days with measurable snowfall (0.1” or more) during this period. There have been several other events with trace amounts of snowfall observed, as well as several days with freezing rain.

Comparatively, five hours to the east in Cleveland, that Great Lakes city has observed 37 out of 48 days (77.08%) with precipitation and Indianapolis 34 out of 48 days (70.83%), which ranked 45th and 12th respectively.

Beth Carpenter is a meteorologist and co-founder of Thermodynamic Solutions in Indianapolis and is a frequent Snow Magazine contributor. You can reach her at info@tdsweather.com.