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Posted on Sun. Mar. 02, 2014 - 12:01 am EDT

Snowfall, schmofall; we’re used to it now

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Fort Wayne top snowfalls during snowfall season:
Year Snowfall
1981-82 81.2 inches
1977-78 60.6 inches
2013-14 60.4 inches*
* As of Saturday morning

Source: National Weather Service

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This is old hat by now.

Admit it – when you grabbed this paper off the porch and looked around at the 3 to 5 inches of new snow that was expected to fall over night, you thought to yourself, “That’s it?”

Seriously, that’s all you got, Winter?

We’re used to this. We’ve done snow – and a lot more snow than this latest system was expected to bring. We’ve done cold – and a lot colder than the high of 20 we’ll get today. We’ve done wind – a lot more wind than the 5-10 mph winds we’ll see tonight.

Even the 15 mph gusts expected are barely worth worrying about now, and the possibility of below-zero temps on Monday seems like nothing.

And the possibility of hitting 40 by Friday? Break out the shorts and flip-flops.

Here’s exactly how tough we have become: We missed breaking the record by snowiest winter by just 1.7 inches, short of 1981-82’s 61.1 inches.

But that’s just meteorological winter, which divides the year evenly into three-month seasons. As far as the weather geeks are concerned, winter ended Friday. As if.

When it comes to the snowfall season, we’re still in the running for the record book, said National Weather Service Meteorologist Nick Greenawalt.

As of Saturday – before the latest system moved in – Fort Wayne had received 60.4 inches of snow this snowfall season, good enough for third place, and just 0.2 inches out of 2nd place, which was set in the winter of 1977-78, Greenawalt said.

The winter of 1977-78 included the Blizzard of ’78 in late January of that year.

The most snow ever received in one snowfall season was the winter of 1981-82, when Fort Wayne got 81.2 inches.

That might sound like an impossible record to break, but the area was expected to receive three to five inches by noon today, and another one to three inches by Monday morning from the second part of the system. That could leave us just 13 inches short of the record, and Greenawalt points out that last year we had 18.1 inches of snowfall in March, which fell in basically just two storms.

“Two more big storms could get you there,” he said. “It’s a stretch, but it’s not impossible.”

dstockman@jg.net


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