Snowfall Winter 2012-13February 14th, 2013 at 6:37 pm by Chad Evans under Chad's WLFI Weather Blog
This winter is just kind of just there. Its not overly warm, not overly cold, not overly rainy, not overly dry, not overly windy, not overly calm. However, snowfall is lacking from the central & western parts of the viewing area to our northwest back to central Illinois. This is really the least snowy part of the eastern 2/3 of the U.S. this winter. Most everyone else has had a normal winter of snowfall. I know my parents down 35 miles southwest of Bloomington, Indiana have had 25″ this winter. There was more snowfall last winter than this winter, but last winter was warmer than this one. After up to 40″ of snowfall in one storm last week, Connecticut picked up 4-6″ of snowfall lastnight.
One thing about last winter is that even though snowfall was not too far off from normal in many areas, a chunk of it fell in a storm in November (especially eastern counties) & all the snows during the winter were on the ground briefly. The snows melted so fast, it was as if they never happened. This year, we had snow on the ground for a while & we have had some potent cold spells, but it just hasn’t snowed as much. Also, OUR LAST +1″ snowfall last winter occurred February 14 with 1.0″ That was also OUR LAST accumulating snowfall for the year, one of the earliest last snowfalls on record. We went February 15 to December 20, a record-long stretch without accumulating snowfall in West Lafayette.
Lastly, I found this interesting. Average snowfall tends to be less in the winter in the “Grand Prairie” areas of our northwestern counties, which makes sense. Tallgrass prairie climates have less snowfall in winter, but MORE rainfall than everyone in the summer. At Purdue University, the average snowfall up to February 28 is 19.7″, but at the Agronomy Farm (on the edge of the “Grand Prairie”), it is nearly 1″ less at 18.8″. These totals are the averages over a 30-year period.
Peak yearly rainfall tends to occur in July in distinct tallgrass prairie climates, but more like May or June elsewhere in the region.