Saturday, July 4, 2015

Snow standings

Upon further review, this winter stands at No. 11; it's about to move up.

Snow standings

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Our thanks to the alert reader who notice a winter missing in our top 10 seasonal snow list, 2010-11, No. 8 in the period of record dating to the winter of 1884-85 in Philadelphia, at 44.0.

The current total for 2013-14, 43.3, is good enough for 11th place.

Unless the forecasts is a total, absolute bust, this winter at the very least will climb into the top 7, with a shot at the top 5.

This storm also has a chance to make weather history if, in fact, 6 inches or more snow should accumulate at the official measuring station – no sure thing by any means – since snow is measured in National Park, N.J.

This would become the fourth 6-inch-plus snowfall of the season; no winter has had more than three officially in Philadelphia.

For this storm Philadelphia is going to near the battleground rain-snow line. The latest thinking is that heavy snow will turn to rain sometime during the morning. AccuWeather is saying it might happen before daybreak.

The precipitation is forecast to end as all snow, and how much accumulate remains a huge question mark.

The National Weather Service forecast has wavered much since early Monday. It continues to call for 6 to 8 in and around the city with up to a foot north and west. But computer forecast models still have their differences.

Said Gary Szatkowski, meteorologist in charge of the weather service office in Mount Holly, “There still seems to be an above-average amount of model spread this close to the event.”

That said, the No. 7 place on this list definitely appears within reach.

 

Season

Winter Total

2009-10

78.7

1995-96

65.3

1898-99

55.4

1977-78

54.9

1960-61

49.1

2002-03

46.3

1966-67

44.3

2010-11

44.0

1917-18

43.9

1904-05

43.8

Inquirer Weather Columnist
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