30 Inches in 30 Days! Record Breaking???

By: Andrew Switzer
By: Andrew Switzer

By - Drew Switzer

Well, it is no secret that Eastern Kansas has been stuck (pun intended) in a very snowy weather pattern over the past month or so.  But how snowy has it been and how does that compare to some historical numbers?

We have had 4 significant snow events since January 10th.

Jan 10th - 8.0"    Jan 19th - 8.7"     Feb 1st - 9.1"   Feb 8th - 4.3"

Add them all up and you get 30.1" of snow that has officially fallen at Topeka's Billard Airport during the 30 day stretch from January 10th to February 8th.

This morning on the air, I brought up this point and wondered if that was some sort of a record for a 30 day period of time.  I told our viewers I would look into it and this morning I did...

The results are in....In short, No, that is not a record.  In fact there have been 12 other 30 days streaks where more snow has fallen in Topeka since records started being kept in 1850.  So, while it seems like there is no way you could squeeze more snow into a 30 day period of time, the last 30 days actually goes into the record books as the 13th snowiest 30 day period on record.  Still certainly a very impressive feat.

The snowiest 30 day streak was in 1960 - 36.3 inches fell between February 15th and March 15th.

So do you remember anything like what we have seen over the past month?  Do you remember February and March of 1960?


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