Two cities within McPherson County set daily records for snowfall this month.
The records were set on Feb. 21 and Feb. 26, which was the most snowfall on those days than on any other year. They are not overall total snowfall records.
According to the Kansas State University weather data library, on Feb 21, Inman received 9.5 inches of snow and Lindsborg received 6 inches. Both previous records were set in 1969, with Inman at 4 inches and Lindsborg at 6.
On Tuesday, Inman received 4.2 inches. The previous record was 2 inches in 1944.
The city of McPherson broke no records this month.
For the week, McPherson received 8 inches on Feb. 21, 5 inches on Feb. 22, 0.10 on Monday, 3 inches on Tuesday and a trace on Wednesday.
The 8 inches on Feb. 21, coupled with a day in 1975, tie for ninth place in McPherson’s record snowfall days in February.
McPherson’s received 16.1 inches of snow in February. This is 12.2 inches above the average snowfall of 3.9 inches.
“We’ve never, to my knowledge, had back-to-back snowfall with the potential these had,”
Dillard Webster, McPherson County emergency management director, said. “All in all I'm glad we didn't have the blizzard affect that many counties had, because I think that would have shut down the county. We were actually fortunate we didn’t have more problems.”
Webster said the biggest problems the county had was moving heavy, wet snow. The second snow’s drifts made this even more difficult.
The county worked with the American Red Cross in case of power outages, but that was not needed.
Although most major roads are back in operation, smaller gravel or dirt roads are still treacherous. This is because the sun melts the snow in the afternoon and makes roads muddy, but then refreezes overnight to make ice.
“They’re still not safe, however, most of them (public roads) have been addressed, and they're doing their best to maintain them,” Webster said.
Webster attributes early weather forecasts to the safe outcome of the unusual storm.
“I think it makes a big difference,” he said, referencing also the tornado forecasts of last spring. “There was a lot of snow and a lot of potential for danger.”
The weather data library records, which date back to 1893, show the highest one-day snowfall in McPherson was 20 inches on Feb. 25, 1912. No. 2 is tied at 14 inches on Feb. 22, 1971, and Feb. 27, 1900.
The city is almost 2 inches above normal precipitation levels per a normal calendar year.
McPherson typically receives about 1.91 inches in January and February, and the latest calculations showed. 3.79 inches.
Page 2 of 2 - But this is a far cry from breaking the drought. McPherson received 18.18 inches of precipitation in 2011, compared to the average yearly accumulation of 32.56. That is 14.38 inches below normal.
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