Friday, January 5, 2018

Northeast Ohio is referred to as the state's Snow Belt - and for a very good reason

Yes, certainly the month of December ended with a flurry of snow squalls (pardon the pun) though the month and to-date totals are seemingly not out of line with the historical record.

As least as it applies to Ohio primary Snow Belt of Lake, Geauga and Ashtabula counties. It is a different world during the winter up this way.

Last month (December, 2017) Chardon (typically referred to as Ohio's Snow Belt capital though I'd give that honor to either Thompson and Montville townships. But I digress) recorded a snow fall total of 40.1 inches. That figure is 2.5 inches LESS than what fell in December, 2016.

And Chardon's to-date snow fall total and as of December 31 is 41.1 inches... In 2016 that statistic was 44.6 inches..

The greatest snow falls ever recorded for December at Chardon include the 48.9 inches in 2000; the 49.4 inches in 2010; the 58 inches in 1969; the 60.65 inches in 2005; and the 69.5 inches in 1962... The average snow fall for December at Chardon is 26.58...

Since record keeping began during the winter of 1952-1953, Chardon has recorded total snow fall depths of at least 100 inches on 41 occasions. The leaders included the 161.45 inches during the winter of 1959-60; the 142.2 inches during the winter of 1977-78; the 147.55 inches during the winter of 1995-96; the 157.58 inches during the winter of 2004-05; the 148.2 inches during the winter of 2006-07; the 151.3 during the winter of 2010-11; and the 142.5 inches during the winter of 2013-14. The season average snow fall for Chardon is 108.23 inches.

The least snowiest December on record for Chardon is the 1.7 inches that fell in 2014. The least snowiest winter ever for Chardon was the 46.4 inches that fell in 1979-80.

- Jeffrey L. Frischkorn

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