Saturday, February 6, 2016

Snow: It's been known to happen

Some of the region's bigger snowfalls came in April.

Snow: It's been known to happen


Condolences if you're reading this at work. After 10-plus feet of snow in two consecutive winters, arguably the region is entitled to a day like this.

But even though the spring equinox will occur on schedule on Sunday, that mention of snow in Peter Mucha's story isn't as outrageous is it might seem.

Recent computer-model runs are suggesting the potential for a midweek snowstorm close by, if not in the immediate Philadelphia area itself.

If you've been paying attention, you'll be wary of any forecast on a Friday for a snowstorm the following Wednesday or Thursday.

Still, the equinox does not necessarily mean the end of snow as we know it. For whatever reasons, perhaps simply the fact that we've been keeping score for only 125 years, no big storms have shown up in the last week of March.

But the region has had several notable snowfalls in April. Here are the ones that stand out. The totals are the official ones for Philadelphia.

April 3-4, 1915, 19.5 inches.

Apirl 4-9, 1917, 7.

April 4-1-2, 1924, 6.8.

April 6-7, 1971, 4.3.

April 4-6, 1982, 3.5.

Don't worry, if it happens, it's not going to hang around long. It's only a matter of time before we're back in the 70s -- and 80s.




Inquirer Weather Columnist
We encourage respectful comments but reserve the right to delete anything that doesn't contribute to an engaging dialogue.
Help us moderate this thread by flagging comments that violate our guidelines.

Comment policy: comments are intended to be civil, friendly conversations. Please treat other participants with respect and in a way that you would want to be treated. You are responsible for what you say. And please, stay on topic. If you see an objectionable post, please report it to us using the "Report Abuse" option.

Please note that comments are monitored by staff. We reserve the right at all times to remove any information or materials that are unlawful, threatening, abusive, libelous, defamatory, obscene, vulgar, pornographic, profane, indecent or otherwise objectionable. Personal attacks, especially on other participants, are not permitted. We reserve the right to permanently block any user who violates these terms and conditions.

Additionally comments that are long, have multiple paragraph breaks, include code, or include hyperlinks may not be posted.

Read 0 comments
comments powered by Disqus
About this blog

Everyone talks about the weather, and here we write about it.

When we’re around and conditions warrant, we’ll keep you updated about what’s coming, but we will do our best always to discuss weather and climate developments in context and remind you that nothing in the atmosphere happens in a vacuum.

Tony Wood has been writing about the atmosphere for The Inquirer for 26 years.

Reach Tony at

Tony Wood Inquirer Weather Columnist
Also on
letter icon Newsletter