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Did Duluth Break the Snowfall Record?

Updated: 04/17/2014 5:10 PM
Created: 04/16/2014 10:41 AM WDIO.com
By: Susan Holt

RELATED STORY: Snowfall Totals

The Northland almost made it.  Yards void of snow were in our grasp.  Robins were returning and you could smell the aroma of barbeque in the air.

However our "freakish winter" continues... Duluth had already received 118.1" of snow this season. The forecast suggested a potential for an additional 10" of snow with this next storm. So the question needed to be asked?  Do we want to go for the record? 

Looking at the WDIO Facebook comments, the decision was split.  This winter has been so strange, some viewers wanted to see that record shattered. However others wouldn't hear of it.

Dave Frantz told us via Facebook, "This is one record I think we can do without." While Joan Dauplaise commented, "Why not! What is a little more snow... We know how to handle it."

We decided to run a unscientific poll on WDIO.com to see if viewers think we should finish this season with a new record.  The old one of 135.4" was set in 1996/97.  You can still vote, however as of 1PM on April 17.... the viewers have spoken.

57% chose  "Yes. Why not. Just go for it.
24% chose  "No! I'm sick of snow.
13% chose  "I don't even want to think about snow."
and another 6% just chose "No."

This latest spring snowstorm brought heavy snow to parts of the Northland Wednesday, April 16 and Thursday morning, April 17.  So did we break the record?

Duluth ended up "only" receiving 7.0" of new snow with this system so we did not break the all-time record, although driving sure was tricky Wednesday evening. Roads became snow covered and slippery fast.  Some areas in NW Wisconsin,  Minong and Ashland for instance received upwards of 14".

We did break one record however. We reached a new daily maximum for snowfall on April 16!  Our new daily record is 6.4 inches, besting the old record of 4.6 inches set in 1939. 

We are moving up the list though of snowiest seasons. This latest storm makes us the 5th snowiest on record.  Oh well, we still have time left in April.

We have broken down the stats to include the months of October - April.Totals provided by the National Weather Service Archives.

Date Snowfall   Date Snowfall
         
October, 2013 0.3"      October, 2012 1.1"
November, 2013 4.7"      November, 2012 10.1"
December, 2013 39.9"      December, 2012 13.2"
January, 2014 9.4"      January, 2013 9.2"
February, 2014 29.5"      February, 2013 19.1"
March, 2014 20.9"      March, 2013 25.8"
April, 2014 (as of April 17)  20.4"      April, 2013 50.8"
         
Totals: 125.1" (so far)     129.3"
         


Grass vs. Snowpile in Duluth, April 16 11:15 AM

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