Season snowfall 4.15.09

Written by David Green.

Let’s assume the snow is over for the season, says Morenci climate observer George Isobar.

He realizes that might be a dangerous assumption to make after Monday’s rain mixed with ice pellets, but assuming that it’s over, how did this season come out in the snowfall department?

“We ended up with 35 inches exactly,” he said. “We’ve had some deeper years, but that’s a pretty good snowfall. More often than not, we don’t reach that depth.”

There have been many seasons where the total stayed in the teens, he said, leaving little for sledders and snowmobilers, but that wasn’t the case this time around.

“Actually, that’s a little misleading,” Isobar said, “because most of our snow fell in January. There was a lot of green and brown showing for most of the season.”

More than 20 inches fell in January after 9.2 inches in December. It looked the start of a really snow winter, Isobar said, but then it fizzled out.

February: 4.6 inches.

March: only a trace.

April: 1.1 inches.

“That’s 1.1 inches so far,” Isobar said. “We were lucky. More than five inches fell in the Tipton area and seven inches in parts of Hillsdale County.

“It really seems as though we should be at the end until next winter, but wait a minute. Let me pull out one sheet from the folder of weather records. Here it is: early May 1989, 1.6 inches of snow.”

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