Last winter, Chicago registered a little more than half the normal amount of snow for a season, about 20” in total. The lack of snow was certainly a story, but was easily eclipsed by the above-normal temperatures and near spring-like weather we experienced throughout the winter months.
As one of many limo services in Chicago, O’Hare-Midway enjoys a special distinction of operating continuously for 57 years in this market. This also means we’ve dealt with that number of winters as well, some more difficult than others. It can safely be said that the winter of 2011-2012 will go down as one of the easiest.
This season looked like it could be a repeat performance. Chicago actually set a record in January for the longest streak of consecutive days without recording an inch or more of snow (319), and several southern cities in states as far south as Texas exceeded our snow totals this winter. And then came February.
At the end of the month, Chicago established a new record for the month of February, recording a whopping 28.7 inches of snow. Adding to this is the winter storm arriving today, and in four short weeks we’ll nearly double last year’s numbers for the entire season! After being spoiled for almost two years, we’re now paying an overdue debt.
Ironically, when we close the book on the 2012-13 winter season, we will end up with another warmer than normal winter, and “less than average” snowfall totals. However, we are actually above average in the precipitation column for the year, since much of our snowfall came to us as rainfall instead, thanks again to the above average temperatures.
All this snow talk can bring a chill to your bones, but Chicagoans can take comfort in knowing that spring is a mere two weeks away, and baseball starts at the beginning of April. This winter, like most winters before it, will quickly fade into our collective memory, and it will become business as usual in and around the city.
Maybe it’s time to plan a visit!