Monday, May 27, 2013

Chicago Winter Forecast 2013-2014

About the Normal Chicago Season (Wiki)

Winter in Chicago proves quite variable: Seasonal snowfall in the city has ranged from 9.8 inches (24.9 cm) (in 1920–21) up to 89.7 in (228 cm) (in 1978–79). Most winters produce a few snow falls during the season in light accumulations of around 2 in (5.1 cm), an amount often lighter than what occurs during the same snowstorms in cities on the other (windward) side of Lake Michigan. The city rarely receives the lake effect snow that falls on these windward communities because it is on the leeward side of the lake, meaning prevailing westerlies that cross the region pick up moisture from Lake Michigan only after passing Chicago. However, every three years or so northeasterly winds during the winter cause Chicago to experience a heavier snowstorm that can produce over 10 in (25 cm) of snow over a 1–3 day period, a level of snowfall more commonly seen in cities on the other side of the lake such as Grand Rapids, MichiganKalamazoo, Michigan, and South Bend, Indiana.

Winter temperatures can vary wildly within the span of one week. The daily average temperature in January at Midway Airport is 24.8 °F (−4.0 °C), and temperatures often stay below freezing for several consecutive days or even weeks in January and February. Temperatures drop to or below 0 °F (−18 °C) on 5.5 nights annually at Midway and 8.2 nights at O'Hare, although subzero (°F) readings in the absence of snow cover are rare, and the warming effect of Lake Michigan during the winter makes them less common on the lakefront than in more inland parts of the city. Highs reach 50 °F (10 °C) on 8.8 days from December to February at Midway, and though it is extremely rare, temperatures in late winter have surpassed 80 °F (27 °C)

2013-2014 Winter Forecast for Chicago, the Midwest, and Western Great Lakes

The Ohio Winter Forecast, Indiana Winter Forecast, Illinois Winter Forecast, Michigan Winter Forecast, and Wisconsin Winter Forecast.  The only weather website that has contacted us thus far, considering this is your home for winter forecasts, is Neoweather.com.  If you want your forecast featured just email us.

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