Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Snow: Approaching Napoleonic heights

With 3 inches this morning, the winter of 2013-14 is within elevator shoes of 60 inches.

Snow: Approaching Napoleonic heights


With an official snow total at 58.4 inches in Philadelphia, the winter of 2013-14 has taken sole possession of third place in the 130-year period of record.

In addition, the 3.0 measured at Philadelphia International Airport this morning nudged the February total to 21.3 inches, good for No. 7 all-time for the month. Here are the updated regional totals for the overnight snow.

Our statistical wizard, Alan Weiss, informs that the January-February period now stands at No. 2, at 47.2 inches; 2010 is in first, with 54.6.

In a winter when the atmosphere seem as though it is primed for snow, we hesitate to say that the month, the two-month period, or the season, have no shot at making runs at the top.

The No. 1 winter, 2009-10, at 78.7 inches, almost certainly is out of reach.

With 10 days to go, we are even more confident that the February record, 51.5, set four winters ago, is safe.

All we can say is that if we do end up catching February 2010, we might consider moving.

The seasonal standings: 

   1. 78.7  2009-10

2. 65.5  1995-96
3. 58.4  2013-14
4. 55.4  1898-99



1. 51.5 2010

2. 31.5 1899

3. 29.6 2003

4. 27.6 1979

5. 26.1 1983

6. 24.1 1907

7. 21.3 2014

8. 19.0 1978

9/10. 18.5 1967 AND 1934


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