It is the snowiest winter in Quad-Cities recorded history, and the amount that has fallen since Dec. 1 trumps the average height of an 11-year-old.|
Through Feb. 17, the area received 53.3 inches of snow. The average height of a 11-year-old boy or girl is 52 inches.
There are nine days left in the month, and National Weather Service meteorologist David Sheets said it is a good bet more snow will fall. "We will more than likely see another inch or two just because of how this winter is going," he said.
This year's snowfall total to-date is more than double the average, which is 25.5 inches, he said. The previous record for snowiest winter was 52.9 inches, set in 1978-79.
"Snowy" isn't the only word Mr. Sheets uses to describe this winter. "It has been cold," he said, adding through Feb. 17 the month was running 16 degrees below the normal temperature. "So far, February has been colder than an average January," he said.
"It makes people look forward to spring," Mr. Sheets said. This is the last of the winter months, and while it may snow yet in March, the days are getting longer and the sun is getting stronger. "Any snow that falls from here on out isn't going to be on the ground as long," he said.
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