So long, January 2014

So long, January 2014

We had a Wolf Full Moon on Jan.15 and a Sundog on Jan. 27.

Sundog Jan  27, 2014         Photo by Ben Schwarz

 Chicago has had 48.6 inches of snow this winter as of 1/31/14 compared with last winter of 2012-2013 of only  30.1” for the whole season.  The winter of 2011-2012 had a total of  only 19.8.

1978-1979 still tops the list at 89.7; 1977-1978 comes in 2nd at 82.3.  Then we have 1969-1970 at 77.0 in 3rd place, followed by 1966-1967 at 68.4.

The lowest snowfalls were only 9.8 in 1920-1921,11.5 in 1921-1922, and  12.0 in 1936-1937.

Chicago came in 11th in total snowfall for cities over 100,000 for the season, so far.  Erie, Pennsylvania came in first at 91.7.  Michigan had 4 cities in the top ten:Grand Rapids- 78.8, Ann Arbor- 58.0,  Detroit- 55.8, and Flint- 51.4

From the National Weather Service Weather Forecast Office, Chicago, IL

Here’s more:

Staff report-Chicago Tribune

7:37 p.m. CST, January 30, 2014

January 2014 was the third snowiest month ever in Chicago since snowfall records started being kept in 1884.

Ahead of January 2014’s 33.5 inches of snow are only January 1918, with 42.5 inches of snow, and January 1979, with 40.4 inches, according to the National Weather Service.

Thursday’s snowfall is Chicago’s 30th measurable snow of the season, according to the Chicago Weather Center. Only three other seasons since 1884-85 have recorded measurable snow more frequently.

Chicago Tribune January 30, 2013

Snow can be deep.

My patio 12/26/09  54.2 “ of snow 2009-2010

Snow provides an ermine coat to the landscape.

At the Japanese Garden at the Fabyan Villa in Geneva, Il, in the early 40’s.  Yes, that’s me.

For more information and photos about the garden and the Frank Lloyd Wright designed house on the property, see here:


Snow can inspire creativity.

When’s the last time you saw a snowman?  Kids don’t seem to play outside as much as they did when i was a child.

Snow can be adventuresome

 Daddy and I at 387 Lovell St. in Elgin.  The pine tree is still there.

I never saw Daddy actually ski–I don’t know if these are cross-country or downhill skis.


Deep snow can be a whole lot of fun.

Stocking caps were all the rage in the big snow storm of 1967 .

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