It's Official: Blizzard Was Bad - NBC Chicago

It's Official: Blizzard Was Bad

Meteorologists fight for blizzard ranking



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    It's official, the Blizzard of 2011 is now the third worst blizzard in Chicago's history.

    For a moment it was the fourth worst, as snow fall totals underwent scrutiny from weather folks. But that didn't last long, and now the reputation of the Blizzard that Froze Lake Shore Drive has grown, as has it's snow totals.

    It all started whenhe National Weather Service tried to lower the storm's total snowfall measure Friday from 20.2 inches to 20 inches. The lower measurement would have demoted the storm to the fourth worst blizzard in the city's history, behind the blizzard of 1979.

    When Chicago meteorologists protested, weather officials added the .2 inches -- and another full inch -- back on.

    The final snowfall figure rests at 21.2 inches.