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Cleveland snowfall deficit leads the Great Lakes

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Posted at 7:10 PM, Mar 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-04 05:55:02-05

Where is the black hole for lack of snowfall in the Great Lakes this season? Look no further than Cleveland, Ohio.

Back in October, I said in my Winter Forecast that the storm track would be favorable for Northern Ohio snows from early February through mid-March. The storm track--the path along which surface low pressures travel--has moved right across Ohio several times in the last couple of weeks. Indeed, the big ones have been close. For the last month, heavy snows have been within 200 miles of Cleveland. But, each one has basically missed the Greater Cleveland area. Why? You can blame it on a strong El Nino in the Pacific Ocean. Strong El Ninos virtually always mean LESS snow for our area.

Let's check major reporting stations around Ohio and the Great Lakes. You'll quickly see the percentage of snowfall compared to average for Cleveland this winter season is one of the lowest in the Great Lakes Region. It is second only to Binghamton, New York for lowest snowfall percentage of average. Numbers are through March 1.

Binghamton, NY  21.7"    Deficit: 42.8" = 34% of average
Cleveland             21.8"   Deficit: -30.9” = 42% of average
Akron/Canton     22.7"    Deficit: -14.1" = 62% of average
Youngstown         31.6"    Deficit: -17.6" = 64% of average
Cincinnati             16.9"    Deficit: -1.8" = 90% of average
Columbus             14.5"    Deficit: -7.1" = 67% of average

Toledo                   15.5"    Deficit: -15.3" = 50% of average

Pittsburgh             24.4"    Deficit: -9.1" = 73% of average
Grand Rapids       49"        Deficit: -16.6” = 75% of average
South Bend           62.8"     Deficit: +4.3” = 107% of average
Erie                        67.2"     Deficit: -17.4” = 79% of average
Buffalo                  47.1"     Deficit: -32.2” = 59% of average
Marquette            100"      Deficit: -53.7” = 65% of average
Syracuse               66.8"      Deficit: -35.9” = 65% of average
Rochester             51.7"      Deficit: -37.9” =  58% of average
Detroit                  29.9"      Deficit: -4.3” = 87% of average
Milwaukee           31.8"      Deficit: -6.6" = 83% of average
Syracuse               71.2"      Deficit: -32.4" = 69% of average
Green Bay            35.1"      Deficit: -5.8" = 86% of average
Madison, WI        27.3"      Deficit: -14.4" = 65% of average
Wausau, WI         24.4"      Deficit: -21.7" = 53% of average
Grand Rapids, MI    49"     Deficit: -16.6" = 75% of average
Lansing, MI          40.8"      Deficit: -2"  = 95% of average