February 10, 2011 // 0 Comments

Snowmageddon by CRAIG JAMES  Snowmageddon. Snowzilla. These are both terms I have heard used to describe some of the snowstorms of the past couple of years. How many more ways can the media hype winter weather? It is generally agreed that this past storm in our area was not as bad as either the 1967 or 1978 blizzards. If we have another storm to top those two, the media would go absolutely berserk trying to come up with a new word to out-hype the new catastrophic words they’ve already invented. To put things in perspective, the storm produced no more than the third highest snowfall totals from a single storm anywhere along its path. Chicago received 21 inches of snow, with five-foot drifts at O’Hare Airport, while Kenosha, Wisconsin, just north of Chicago, received 23 inches for the highest amount at any location. You can see from this map the snow totals recorded in our area. The official total in Grand Rapids was 16 inches. The highest amount in our area was reported at South Haven with 20 inches. The 1978 blizzard produced over 19 inches in Grand Rapids—although I have always felt that number is too low—and around 30 inches in Muskegon. The historic cold weather that plunged all the way into Mexico was more notable than the snowfall with all-time records broken in many areas. Over 80 locations had never experienced a colder February afternoon and over 30 locations had never experienced a colder afternoon in any month. El Paso, Texas on February 2 had a high temperature of just 15°F, which is the coldest high temperature ever recorded for any day of the year and a full 45 degrees below the average high for the date. The temperature fell to 36 degrees below zero at Angel Fire, New Mexico. Even Phoenix experienced what must have been frigid weather for those folks. The high on February 2 was just 44°F with a low of 32°F and wind chill temperatures near 20°F. It was the coldest day ever recorded in that city in the month of February. I don’t imagine the golf courses were crowded. Wind chill temperatures dropped below zero as far south as Monterrey, Mexico. The locals have apparently never experienced weather […]