Another Blizzard Warning, 2011

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map from 31-Jan-2011

The Blizzard of 2011

The weather-preparedness category has been busy lately, having recently come up against snowfall records in the Northeast U.S., and now with yet a new threat of Blizzard Warning in the Central U.S. including the populated region of Chicago, IL.

This winter of 2010-2011 is shaping up as a big one.

As you can see from the National Weather Service warning map, there is a large swath of the U.S. that is in store for yet another blast of winter weather and accumulating snow.

From the National Weather Service:

CHICAGO (1-Feb)
URGENT – WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LINCOLN IL 1023 AM CST TUE FEB 1 2011

…AN EXTREMELY DANGEROUS WINTER STORM IS EXPECTED TO IMPACT ILLINOIS TODAY AND WEDNESDAY…

NEW YORK CITY (1-Feb)
URGENT – WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NEW YORK NY 1123 AM EST TUE FEB 1 2011

…A SIGNIFICANT WINTER STORM WILL IMPACT THE AREA THROUGH WEDNESDAY…
…ICE STORM WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM EST WEDNESDAY…

BOSTON (1-Feb)
…WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 1 AM EST THURSDAY…

* ACCUMULATIONS…4 TO 8 INCHES OF SNOW TODAY. AN ADDITIONAL 4 TO 10 INCHES OF SNOW VERY LATE TONIGHT AND WEDNESDAY WITH THE HIGHEST AMOUNTS MOST LIKELY ALONG AND ESPECIALLY NORTH OF THE MASSACHUSETTS TURNPIKE.

Checking the various NWS local offices, there are winter storm warnings up in nearly a third of the country! I don’t remember seeing something quite like this before.

Although it is winter, and some may say this type of weather is to be expected, it is a reminder that just because we’ve not had ‘bad’ winters in a while, doesn’t mean that it is the new ‘normal’.

Things tend to average out (depending on your ‘averaging’ time frame), and this winter may be the beginning of ‘payback’ for the warmer than ‘normal’ climate we’ve been experiencing lately.

Time will tell.

Gather the firewood…

Update 1-Feb-2011, This monster storm is enormous. The GOES East satellite image shows it’s reach to be literally from Mexico to Maine. Incredible.

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CHICAGO BLIZZARD 2011 third biggest snowstorm on record

Chicago snowfall snow total inches

Chicago is shoveling out from under it’s third biggest snowstorm ever recorded in the windy city.

How much snow did Chicago get during the blizzard of 2011? The official snow total is is 20.2 inches.
The three biggest snowstorms in Chicago were,

1. January 26-27, 1967,  23.0 inches
2. January 1-3, 1999, 21.6 inches
3. February 1-2, 2011,  20.2 inches

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Matt Marton~Sun-Times Media



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