Here’s the story . . . Straight from our weather man in nearby Sioux City (our weather often tends to be a bit more severe in the winter due to the lake, but this is basically our story for recent weeks):
It’s been a busy week in the Storm Team 4 Weather Center, but now that things are starting to calm down I’ve had a chance to take a look at some of Siouxland’s snowfall statistics. In Sioux City, two daily snowfall records were broken. On the 23rd we saw 3.7″ of snow setting a record, and we broke the Christmas Day snowfall record too with 8.0″.
But the records don’t stop there! So far Sioux City has gotten 32.4″ of snow in December, making this the snowiest December on record by a long shot. The old record was 26.4″ set way back in 1897. Interestingly, 2008 sits atop the third place podium, so we’ve had two of the top three snowiest Decembers in the last two years. You may notice the asterisk in the graphic below, that’s because the snow may not be done in December just yet. While it won’t bring us anything near what we saw over Christmas, there is a chance of an inch or two Tuesday night and Wednesday. Another thing to note, for an entire snow season Sioux City averages 30.6″, so we have already surpassed that by a couple inches and it’s only December!
This past snow storm isn’t just notable for kicking up the December snow totals, but it also has made the BIG list. Below is a list of the top 3 biggest snowstorms ever in Sioux City, you’ll notice that our last storm comes in as the second biggest ever.
22.9 ” fell April 18-19, 1913
20.7″ fell Dec 23-26, 2009 (YEP! THAT was THIS Christmas!)
18.4″ fell March 14, 2004 (Oh yeah…I saw that one too! Lucky me!)
This has been a very snowy month! Here’s a little summary of snowfall in December:
Katy managed to arrive just in time … Dec 23rd as the fourth round of snow began to fall! When we woke up in the morning … it was a totally White World outside our window! Here’s a collection of photos of the farm from that morning! I have to admit … it was really beautiful to see. Luckily we had groceries all lined up, so we were content to stay inside, cook, bake, and work on some fun knitting projects while Bruce did his best to keep the drive clear (ran through three tanks of gas on that piece of equipment just this month … only used one tank all of last year!)