January Ends as Third Snowiest Month on Record

33.7 inches of snow fell in Chicago during first month of 2014

We don't have to tell you that January was a very snowy month.

So snowy, in fact, that it ranks as the third-snowiest month ever recorded in the city since officials began keeping track 130 years ago, in 1884.

O'Hare International Airport -- where the city's official weather measurements are recorded -- registered four-tenths of an inch of snow on Thursday, and, after Friday night snowfall, the month ended with a snow total of 33.7 inches.

January 1918 still holds the top spot with 42.5 inches of snow, while January 1979 comes in second place with 40.4 inches.

Still, this winter season has been nothing compared to the 1978-1979 season, which recorded 89.7 inches of snow. As of midday Friday, the 2013-2014 season had recorded 48.6 inches of snow. That's not even in the top 12 snowiest seasons.

The top five snowiest seasons on record:

  • 1978-1979: 89.7 inches
  • 1977-1978: 82.3 inches
  • 1969-1970: 77.0 inches
  • 1966-1967: 68.4 inches
  • 1951-1952: 66.4 inches

Correction: This post previously and incorrectly reported that the 2013-2014 had so far amounted to the third-snowiest winter season.

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