Climatic Summary of Snowfall and Snow Depth in the Ohio Snowbelt at Chardon

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Snowfall records were examined for the period 1945-85 at Chardon, OH, the only station with a long climatic record in the snowbelt. Average seasonal snowfall was 269 cm (106 in) with a seasonal maximum of 410 cm (161 in). Seasonal snowfall was positively correlated with other sites in the lower Great Lakes snowbelts and along the western slope of the Appalachians from Tennessee to Quebec, but was not correlated with snowfall in the snowbelts of the upper Lakes. The time series of seasonal snowfall was not random but showed weak year-to-year persistence. The average number of days with 2.5 cm (1 in) of snowfall was 35. The average dates of the first and last 2.5 cm snowfalls of the winter were 10 November and 4 April. The largest two-day snowfall of the winter averaged 33 cm. The average number of days with 2.5 cm of snow cover was 82. Daily probability of snow cover reached the seasonal maximum of 86% in mid-January and early February. These results may be reasonably extrapolated throughout the Ohio snowbelt for applications in vegetation studies, animal ecology, hydrology, soil science, recreation, and transportation studies.


Author Institution: Geography Department and Water Resources Research Institute, Kent State University



The Ohio Journal of Science. v89, n4 (September, 1989), 101-108