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February 18, 2010

Historic snowfall:

Snowiest month on record?

snowbenchesKKBThis month’s wintry weather is making history. According to the National Weather Service, the previous February snowfall record was 25.3 inches, set in 2003. A 5.2-inch snowfall on Feb. 10 pushed 2010 over the top, with more than half the month remaining.

The snow also is rising to record levels for any month. As of Feb. 17, snowfall in Pittsburgh totaled 39.6 inches for the month — just shy of the 40.2-inch record set in January 1978.

Snowfall for the season stood at 67.8 inches — roughly double last year’s snowfall for the same period and well above the normal average of 40.6 inches for the season.

The snowiest season on record in Pittsburgh was 1950-51, when 82 inches of snow fell.

—Kimberly K. Barlow

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