The snowstorm that pummeled much of the United States on February 1st and 2nd leaves a wake of records in its path. Eight interesting facts about this week's weather:
- Oklahoma City had 10"+ inches for only the third time since they began keeping records in 1893.
- Blowing snow in Oklahoma City reduced visibility to 30 yards in places
- Interstate 70 in Missouri was closed from mile marker 5 to mile marker 218. This is basically from Kansas City to St. Louis
- Warrensburg, Missouri had 21" of snow
- Chicago schools closed for the first time in 12 years!
- Snowfall in Chicago was over 20" (as recorded at both Midway and O'Hare airports)
- Official totals in Wisconsin - Milwaukee 19.8", Madison 18.7" and a whopping 26.5" near Racine
- At one point, over 100 million Americans were being impacted by the storm
This was one of those storms that will leave a mark on many lives. We here at SWIFT Weather will continue to work hard to provide products that will keep you ahead of the storms!
Numerous tornadoes, including multiple-vortex tornadoes were reported Thursday afternoon and evening across South Dakota and Minnesota as a powerful weather system moved through the Upper Midwest:
Storms are expected to continue overnight before moving into the Mississippi Valley on Friday.
If you're a amateur radio enthusiast you might have seen the article on Weather Defender in the March 2010 issue of Popular Communications. On the newsstands now -- be sure to check it out!