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I found an article last week that I wrote last January…déjà vue.  At that time, Milwaukee only had 9” of snow; about 10” below normal.  Snow lovers were frustrated.  Sound familiar?  And it’s worse this year with only 1.7” of snow. 

This is what I wrote last year; “We have a long way to go yet this winter and I am very certain we will have at least one or two major winter storms, but at this pace, the winter of 2010-11 could be significant; for the lack of snow.”

After that it started to snow almost every day in January with 19” of snow.  That was followed by the Feb. 1st Blizzard and nearly 30” of snow for the month of February. Repeat? Snow lovers hope so.

Since records have been kept, the winter of 1884-85 had the least amount of snow with only 11.3”; or what we typically average in December.  Coincidentally, the winter of 1885-86 is the winter with the most snow in Milwaukee with 109.5”.  Back to back winters with extreme snowfall illustrates just how variable weather is from season to season.  The winter of 1967-68 had 12.1” of snow followed by 1921-22 with 14.4”, 1953-54 with 19.5” and 20.2” in 1936-37. 

Milwaukee needs about 11” of snow to stay out of the top 5 and one winter storm could easily do that between now and March. 

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