Saturday, February 13, 2016

Snow-phobes: You can come out now

Officially, no measurable snow has fallen after this date in Philly.

Snow-phobes: You can come out now


Back on April 27, 1967, 0.1 inches of snow was measured at Philadelphia International Airport, settting a record for the latest measurable snowfall ever in the city.

With the temperature at 64 at 1 p.m. at the airport on a positively splended late-April afternoon, we are prepared to go out on a limb and say that the 1967 standard has withstood any challenge from the winter of 2012-13.

We'll go out on that limb further and declare that the official total for the season has come in at 8.3 inches and that this marks the fifth time in the period of record dating to the winter of 1887-88 that snowfall totals have finished under 10 inches in back-to-back season.

The total for last winter was 4.0, making the two-season total 12.3.

That matches the combined amounts for the winters of 1930-31. The other back-to-back winters with under 10 inches each were 1887-88 and 1888-89; 1929-30 and 1931-32 (yes, that would have been three consecutive years), and 1949-50 and 1950-51.

The latter combo yeilded just 6.5 inches, a two-season low.

Philadelphia has recorded traces of snow as late as May 8, but you can put away the shovels and the salt.


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