Snowfall pushing this winter higher in rankings
CHAMPAIGN — This winter's snowfall in Champaign-Urbana isn't in the top 10 — yet.
But one more Tuesday-sized storm and we'll be there.
The winter of 2013-14 now ranks as the 16th-snowiest in Champaign-Urbana, according to state climatologist Jim Angel. Officially, 32.8 inches of snow has dropped upon the cities, after Tuesday's 6.5-inch snowfall.
That puts us just 6 inches behind the 10th-ranked winter of 1911-12, according to the Illinois State Water Survey.
And the national Climate Prediction Center is forecasting the likelihood of above-average precipitation and below-normal temperatures in central Illinois for at least the next 14 days.
There has been at least a trace of snow on the ground locally since Jan. 1, and at least a trace of snow has fallen on 33 of 68 days — a stunning departure from last winter.
At this point last year, according to the National Weather Service, Champaign-Urbana had just 4 inches of snow all winter, with at least a trace of snow on 15 days.
Normal total snowfall at this point in winter is about 15.5 inches. A normal Champaign-Urbana winter yields 23.2 inches.
Snowfall totals for each of the winter months this year in Champaign have exceeded the monthly average: December was 3.4 inches above normal, January was 7.6 inches above the norm and February already is 2.1 inches above normal.
Snowfall totals this winter in several other central Illinois communities already rank in the top 10, according to the National Weather Service:
— Springfield, with 34.2 inches, ranks No. 5
— Peoria, with 35.8 inches, is No. 4.
— Tuscola, with 34.6 inches, is No. 3
— Danville, with 31.5 inches, ranks No. 4
— Charleston, with 28.3 inches, ranks No. 7.
— Hoopeston, with 32.6 inches, ranks No. 8.
— Paris, with 35.9 inches, is No. 8.