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Wild Monday: What's this?

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April 6th, 2009, on what was supposed to be opening day for the White Sox, and I shoveled 2 or 3 inches of snow.

A wet heavy slop.


Even the freakin' birds at our front feeder looked surprised.

Everything seemed out of whack.


Doves left me walk within a couple feet of them.

I cracked sodden snowballs against the side of the house. And my gloves were instantly soaked.

OK, this stuff fascinates me, so I checked the NWS and found out Chicago's heaviest April snow was 13.6 inches in 1938. The heaviest for April 5 was 9.4 inches, 9 inches for April 6.

So, we got off easy.

However, it is odd. The average date of the last measurable snow is April 2.

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This page contains a single entry by Dale Bowman published on April 6, 2009 8:15 AM.

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