It’s not just in your head. The snow accumulation has been extraordinary lately and a record has just been matched.
Measurable snow fell every day from February 3rd to the 11th, tying the previous record of nine consecutive days with snowfall.
The two previous times this has happened was from January 29th to February 6th, 1902 and more recently in 1999 from January 6th to January 14th, according to WGN News.
Here are the accumulation amounts from O’Hare over the nine days:
- February 3: 0.8″
- February 4: 1.1″
- February 5: 2.2″
- February 6: 0.2″
- February 7: 1.7″
- February 8: 1.6″
- February 9: 6.2″
- February 10: 0.8″
- February 11: 4.1″
That equals up to 18.7″ over that time period. On Sunday, there was still 13″ on the ground at O’Hare.
National Weather Service climate data reports that 28.2″ of snow has fallen since December 1st, 2017. The normal value is 22.9″ and through this time last year, only 18.3″ of snow was recorded.
While the city was prepared for the snow, shutting down Chicago Public Schools and county and federal departments on Friday, it has still caused many headaches around the area.
Primarily, over 900 flights were cancelled last Friday at both O’Hare and Midway airports. And even though the snow mostly stopped by Sunday night, Southwest was forced to cancel all of their flights when they ran out of deicer.
The city can finally take in a reprieve from the snow although some rain could be on the way beginning Wednesday evening and into Thursday. Temperatures are even gonna hit the 40s.
So this hasn’t quite been the tropical winter predicted by meteorologists back in October. But at least we finally get a mesmerizing gif out of all of this.