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Brutal winter? ‘You bet!’ says science
We have spent most of 2014 either freezing or shoveling – or both.
But how bad has this snowy, frigid winter really been? According to readings from the National Weather Service in Chicago, pretty bad – at least from the temperature standpoint.
Having survived the latest bout of sub-zero temperatures, Chicago is already is within striking distance of a dubious record – the coldest winter since 1884-85, when the thermometer dipped below zero 25 times. We’re already at 19 days that hit a low below zero, according to the National Weather Service, with at least two more forecast tomorrow and Monday.
That’s on top of the third-snowiest month in Chicago history in January.
Snow at #Chicago-ORD brought meteorological winter '13-'14 (Dec-Feb) total to 60.8", passing 1917-1918 (59.9") to become 3rd snowiest ever!
— NWS Chicago (@NWSChicago) February 9, 2014
UPDATE: Make that 20 days in the deep freeze as of Monday morning:
-3F in Chicago this morning. 20th time below zero this winter, only 1981-82 had produced more subzero lows thru Feb 10th! #ChiberiaWontEnd
— NWS Chicago (@NWSChicago) February 10, 2014
If you could pick one – brutal cold or unending snow – which would it be?
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