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The ‘Groundhog Day Blizzard of 2011’ is now gone, but the memories for many will last a lifetime. The storm now has a place in the record books here in Milwaukee. Below is a breakdown of where the storm ranked!
The total snow amount that fell on Wednesday, February 2nd was 9.1 inches, a new daily record for this day for Milwaukee.
- 16.0 inches fell between 6 pm on Tuesday, February 1st and noon on Wednesday, February 2nd. This total is tied for fourth for any 24 hour period.
- 19.6 inches fell between noon on Monday, January 31st and noon, Wednesday, February 2nd. This total is fourth for any 48 hour period.
The pictures from the storm have been AMAZING! The one below comes from Waterford where over 20″ was recorded. The picture is courtesy of ‘painter’ from the U-Local section of WISN.com
So how does this storm compare to what is widely considered the worst storm in Milwaukee’s history?
January 28-30, 1947. 18.0 inches.
Arguably the worst snowstorm that ever struck Milwaukee. The three-day snowfall total from records was 18 inches, but this amount is likely to be far below the actual amount that fell, due to the considerable blowing and drifting. During the height of the storm the winds were northeast at 25 to 45 mph and visibilities were near zero in the moderate to heavy snow and blowing snow. Huge drifts, as high as 15 feet, brought all traffic to a standstill and not until the 31st was partial train and streetcar service restored. All stores, factories, offices, and schools were closed from two to four days with many people stranded in cars, buses, trains, railroad depots, and hotel lobbies. The snowstorm was perhaps the longest, worst, and most costliest in Milwaukee history.
Below is a link to memorable snowstorms in Milwaukee history. This is courtesy of the local NWS office.
Now that this storm is complete. Let’s take a look at how it compares to the previous 2 times through the cycle. This is clearly the most dominate feature in this year’s LRC, and has earned the name the ‘signature’ storm. Since we normally look at 500mb maps, let’s do something different and view the storm from a infrared satellite perspective each time through the cycle.
First up is October 26, 2010.
Now the next time through the cycle, December 11, 2010.
Finally, our most recent ‘signature’ storm on February 1, 2011.
I would expect this storm to return again, likely somewhere around March 22-25. Let the anticipation begin!
In the meantime we will talk more about the rest of February coming up this weekend in the blog. Stay safe if you are still digging out and watch WISN 12 News for the latest!