Saturday, March 22, 2008

Nearly April...more snow

Cold, snowy winter over yet? Nope. What happened to global warming's rush of spring? It's nearly April folks. Wisconsin has had 95 inches of snow this winter, the second highest ever recorded. Michigan? They're faring no better; they've had their snowiest season ever. Where's spring? Oh, spring!? Where are you, spring? I thought it was rushing. Darn those pesky predictions.

JS Online: Snow suspends spring :

Like an aging prizefighter still packing a mean punch, the mighty winter of 2007-'08 took another swing at southern Wisconsin on Friday, smacking the area with up to 15 inches of snow and knocking out plans for thousands of Good Friday travelers at Mitchell International Airport.

The 10.9 inches of snow measured at the airport by 10 p.m. raised the winter's total to the second highest on record for a single season - 95.4 inches.

"We've been fighting a very hard fight with Mother Nature all day," airport spokesman Ryan McAdams said after the decision was made Friday evening to cancel all flights for the rest of the night.

"Even when we have been able to get the runways open, the airlines haven't been able to get their flights in the air."

McAdams said passengers with morning flights today should check with airlines before setting out.

Motorists didn't fare much better, with snow- and ice-clogged streets and highways prompting officials to warn people to stay off the roads.

"We're buried in snow," said Dodge County Sheriff Todd Nehls at noon Friday.

It's a record year for snowfall -
It's just as you suspected - this has been the snowiest winter ever in the Ann Arbor area, or at least since 1880 when record-keeping started.

And it's not over yet.

Leisa Thompson | The Ann Arbor News
A pedestrian makes her way along Plymouth Road as the snow fell in Ann Arbor Friday.

That's because we're not even into April, a month that normally averages almost 2.5 inches of that pesky white stuff.
If this winter continues the way it's been going, we could be in store for more than that.

Consider this month.

Normally in March, we get about 8.3 inches of snow, said Dennis Kahlbaum, a University of Michigan weather observer. So far in March, with more than a week to go, we've seen 16.7 inches of fluffy precipitation.

No comments: