Snow-making weather systems appear to be lining up one after another in February, pushing snow totals well above average for not only the month, but also the entire season! After our most recent snow Tuesday and into Wednesday, 40.5 inches of snow has fallen at Omaha's Eppley Airfield. On average, Omaha sees 19.7 inches for the season as of today (Feb. 20)... which we have now more than doubled.
If you're curious, at this same time last year, we were sitting at 13.1 inches of snow at Eppley for the season, 6.2 inches of which had fallen in February.
As you can see in the graph above, we've already picked up 17.7 inches this February, with a week left to pick up more snow. That puts us in the top 10 list of February snow totals, dating back to 1885. Right now, we are tied for 7th place.
Even if we finish the month with just one more inch of snow, we would land in the top 5 February list. And as you probably know by now, it looks like a decent snow storm will be moving through Nebraska this weekend. But it could take more than just one snow storm to be the snowiest February on record. That is currently held by February 1965, when 25.4 inches of snow fell.
While we may finish the month near the top of the February record books, landing in the biggest snow seasons will be a little harder.
The highest snow total for an entire season in Omaha was in 1911-1912, with 67.5 inches. The top 5 list goes down to 56.3 inches. Like you read earlier, the current 2018-2019 season has recorded 40.5 inches as of Feb. 20th.