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Local Weather History: The Longest Stretches with 3" or More Snowfall On the Ground

Going back to 1879 for Greater Lafayette, here are the 10 longest stretches with 3" or more of snow on the ground

Posted: Feb 10, 2021 11:36 PM
Updated: Feb 11, 2021 12:36 AM

Image  Purdue University after a snowfall in 1911.  (https://earchives.lib.purdue.edu/digital/collection/pbuildings/id/258/rec/183)

We have had some big, cold, snowy snow seasons (October-April) & some lackluster ones.

Some of them had some exceptionally long stretches with decent snow depth on the ground. 

Some snow seasons have had A LOT of snow, but they do not rank with the longest periods of +3" snow pack.

Here are the top 10 longest periods of +3" depth:

1.  59 days..........January 14-March 13, 1978

2.  44 days..........January 15-February 28, 1885

3.  42 days...........December 31, 1976-February 10, 1977

4.  35 days...........January 18-February 20, 2014

5.  32 days..........January 7-February 7, 1918; January 24-February 24, 1979

6.  28 days..........February 26-March 23, 1960; December 17, 2000-January 13, 2001

7.  27 days.........December 23, 1924-January 18, 1925

8.  26 days..........December 31, 1969-January 25, 1970

9.  24 days..........January 1-24, 1893

10.  23 days........January 21-February 12, 1936; January 1-23, 1968

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