As of 6pm Thursday, Cleveland is only 2.3” of snowfall away from a new all-time January snowfall record. The standing record is from 1978 (the blizzard year) when 42.8” of snow fell during the month.
#1 42.8” 1978
#2 40.5” 2009
#3 32.9” 2004
#4 32.8” 2005
#5 30.3” 2003
Interesting to note that the previous #2, #3 and #4 were all between 2003-2005 and 4 of the top 5 are now from the last six years!
The snowfall runs tandem with the coldest arctic outbreak (Jan 13-18, 2009) since 1994 when Cleveland recorded its all-tuime record low temperature of -20 degrees F almost exactly fifteen years to the date. October and November 2008 and January 2009 have all been colder to much colder than normal. December 2008 averaged near normal. Snowfall for most of the season ran above to well above normal pro-rated for each date and is currently running two feet above normal. But that pales in comparison to the story of Erie, PA. So far this season, Erie has accumulated 122.6” of snow. That’s 64.0” above normal.
(see more at icecap.us)
(Oscar note: The meteorologist Andre Bernier has been on Cleveland television for several decade.)
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