The snowstorm that dumped over a foot of snow on Bowling Green on Friday (Jan. 22) is the third unusually large snowstorm to affect the region in the past 12 months.
The 12.2-inch snowfall was the third largest single-day snowfall in Bowling Green history dating to 1893 and comes on the heels of the 9.6-inches (eighth largest single-day snowfall) that fell Feb. 16, 2015, and the 7.2-inches (25th largest two-day snowfall) that fell over March 3-4, 2015.
The massive snowstorm also follows just a few weeks after the warmest December in Bowling Green history.
- The 12.2 inches of snow that fell Friday (Jan. 22) represents 150 percent of normal winter-season snowfall for Bowling Green.
- The 12.2 inches of snow that fell Friday (Jan. 22) would rank as the 40th snowiest winter in Bowling Green history over the past 120 years, all by itself.
- The recorded snow depth at 7 a.m. Saturday (Jan. 23) was 13 inches, which included the 12.2 inches that fell Friday and the partially melted snow from the 2.5 inches that fell Wednesday (Jan. 20). The 13-inch snow depth ties the third highest snow depth of all-time in Bowling Green behind only the 14-inch snow depth on Feb. 13, 1910, and Jan. 15, 1917. So you’d have to go back 99 years to find more snow on the ground in Bowling Green.
- The 12.2 inches of snow was the third highest single-day snowfall, behind only the 18 inches that fell on March 9, 1960, and the 13 inches that fell on Feb. 12, 1910.
- The three-day total of 14.7 inches from Wednesday to Friday (Jan. 20-22) is second only to the 23 inches that fell from March 9-11, 1960.
- The 14.8 inches of snow that has fallen so far in January makes this the fifth snowiest January on record and the snowiest January since 1978.
- This is the third snowstorm of more than 7 inches in the past 12 months. How often has that ever happened in Bowling Green? How about never. In fact, there have only been six 12-month periods that had as many as two snowstorms of more than 7 inches, most recently in 1963. In December 1963, the 7-inch snowstorms were only 10 days apart.
- And now for the most remarkable statistic of all. During the peak of Friday’s snowstorm, a total of 7.3 inches of snow fell in the six-hour period from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. From Feb. 10, 2011, to Jan. 6, 2015, a period of 1,426 days encompassing three entire winters and parts of two others, a total of 7.2 inches fell.
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