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Winter snowfall finishes well below normal

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Posted at 2:02 PM, Jun 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-03 14:02:22-04

Winter 2015-16 snowfall comes in below normal across much of Northern Ohio.

Despite the fact that Northern Ohio saw measurable snow just two weeks ago, it is now safe to close the books on snowfall for the season. That's right. No more flakes until next fall or winter.

As expected, much of Northern Ohio saw well below normal snow fall. Notice the snowfall map below, prepared by the Cleveland National Weather Service.

Only the snowbelt areas of Geauga, Lake & Ashtabula saw snowfall close to normal. Chardon, for instance, measured 102 inches of snow fall this past winter. Average snows for the Central Geauga County City are 108 inches. So, it was close...

Cleveland's snow total was 32.8 inches. That's a whopping 35.4 inches BELOW the 30-year average of 68.2 inches. About 48% of normal....

But, our lack of snow was well predicted. Strong El Ninos have, in the past, cut our local snowfall by up to 50 percent. This past Winter's strong El Nino lived up to the hype.

Akron & Canton's snowfall finished 30.2 inches. That's 17 inches below the 30 year average or about 64% of normal.

Mansfield's Lahm Airport shoveled 27.6 inches of snow this past winter. Average snowfall for the airport is 48.3 inches.  That's a mere 57% of normal.

Seasonal snowfall totals 2015-'16 for Northern Ohio from volunteer snow observers (via Cleveland National Weather Service):

Port Clinton 2.5W                           16.4"
Fremont 2.2ENE                             23.6"
Tiffin 5.2SE                                     16.6"
Sandusky                                        13.5"
New Washington 5S (Crawford)     22.4"
Mount Gilead 4.9ESE                     19.4"
Galion                                              20.1"
Berlin Heights 0.4N                         23.7"
Huron 3.1ESE                                 23.9"
Bellevue  0.6N                                 29.7"
New London                                    36.7"
Sullivan 1.1NNE                              26.3"
Mansfield (city)                                24.6"
Fredericktown 4NNW (Knox)          16.3"
Elyria                                               30.3"
Sheffield Lake                                 34.7"
Brunswick                                       39.7"
Lodi                                                 26.0"
Lakewood                                       32.8"
Cleveland – Old Brooklyn               27.4"
Garfield Hts                                    33.3"
Parma 1.9NNW                              36.9"
Parma 1.8 SE                                 43.3"
Sagamore Hills                               44.6"
Munroe Falls                                   35.9"
Cuyahoga Falls                               35.1"
Fairlawn                                          36.9"
Stow                                                37.6"
Clinton                                             30.6"
Alliance                                            26.5"
Waynesburg                                    23.9"
Minerva                                           26.2"
Euclid                                              41.1"
North Royalton                                43.4"
Maple Heights                                 40.1"
Shaker Heights                               50.0"
Solon                                              57.5"
Twinsburg                                       55.8"
Hiram                                              57.0"
Hiram Rapids 1E                            50.2"
Kent                                                42.2"
Ravenna                                         32.4"
Newton Falls                                   41.8"
Warren (NW side)                           31.5"
Kirtland                                            69.3"
Madison                                           66.7"
South Madison                                 73.0"
Chardon (waterplant)                      102.1"
Hambden Twp  (Geauga)               108.0"
Montville                                          102.0"
Burton                                               62.0"
Geneva                                             69.1"
Orwell 1E                                          48.3"
Conneaut (@I-90)                             89.3"

Thanks - Volunteer Snow Observer Network, National Weather Service,
CoCoRaHS/Pennsylvania Frost and NWS COOP Observers.

Note that in some cases, site values are averaged when more than one observer reports per location. Observers are mostly volunteers and values can vary depending on the specific topography and land use at each site. Observations are generally reported every 12 or 24 hours.