Which City Set New Snowless Streak Record?

Category: US Society / Jan 23, 2013 9:59AM EDT
It has been 333 days as of January 22, since Chicago in central Illinois last experienced measurable snowfall, breaking the record of 250 days such set in 1999, according to statistics from the country's National Weather Service (NWS). State climatologist said warm and dry air current from Pacific Ocean has blocked the influx of cold air coming in. "Normal is about 38 inches of snow, and up through late January, we should have had about 15 or 16 inches by now. So we're way below normal," said Jim Allsopp, meteorologist from the NWS, which is part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) of the United States. Meanwhile, although daily lives and day-to-day businesses in Chicago all go smoothly thanks to the dry weather, local farmers remain much concerned about their crops. "Our other concern is that there's no snow cover on this wheat. Usually we have anywhere from four to six, or seven or eight to ten inches of snow pack on top of that wheat, which when it thaws, it gives moisture in the spring. Plus, it's a protective blanket for that wheat. And it has no, basically, blanket or protection over top of this wheat crop right now," said Roger Koehn, who is a local farmer in the area. The lowest temperature at night can be minus 20 degrees Celsius and the wind force is also strong. Wheat fields remain vulnerable without the protection of snow cover, Roger Koehn added as he expressed concerns about local harvests, representing the views of other local farmers.