Chicago's warm Feb, 1976 weather

Dear Tom,
My daughter was born Feb. 20, 1976. I remember bringing her home and sitting on the front porch with her and I believe the temperatures were near 70 degrees for about a week.

– Ostego

Dear Ostego,
Chicago logged a temperature of 58 degrees on the day of your daughter’s birth, but the next three days were chilly (highs of 43 degrees, 34 and 40). However, a strong warm-up began Feb. 24 and carried through the end of the month, and that’s the period you remember. Chicago’s daytime temperatures averaged 22 degrees above normal from Feb. 24 through Feb. 29 (1976 was a leap year). Chicago’s normal high during the last several days of February is about 40 degrees.
The city’s official thermometer registered 75 degrees on Feb. 27, a record high for the date, and we can’t imagine a more ideal day for sitting on the porch with a new daughter.

10AM Update: All advisories canceled

Most of the lake effect snow for the remainder of the day should be east of Porter County.  Minor accumulations are possible in La Porte, Berrien and St. Joseph Counties including Michigan City , Benton Harbor and South Bend. 

A dry, quiet and cold day is in store for Chicago and northeast Illinois.


Lake Effect Snow Advisory for Lake and Porter Counties has been canceled


Below:  Current Chicago area Watch/Warning/Advisory Map

WGN Weather Center 7 Day Forecast


White:   Winter Weather Advisory/Lake Effect Snow Advisory

Yellow:  Winter Storm Watch

Red:      Winter Storm Warning/Lake Effect Snow Warnin

Almost 43 year to the date-Another intense snowstorm hits Chicago

Last night’s storm dropped snow with the intensity of the “Blizzard of Short Duration” that struck Chicago almost 43 years to the date on February 23, 1967. That storm had much stronger winds and was not a result of lake effect. However, it dropped the visibliity to near zero, deposited similar amounts of snow, crippled traffic and was also accompanied by thunder and lightning.

It followed by less than a month after the city’s all-time biggest snowtorm, the 23.0 “Big Snow of January 26-27, 1967.
Below is a  a past weather feature that appeared on the Chicago Tribune weather page documenting that storm:

Tim's Weather World: Nifty Fifty Inches of Snow

It’s official.  The 3.6″ of snow at O’Hare yesterday pushed our seasonal snowfall so far to 52.3″.  That is almost double what we normally have at this point in the winter.  Even more significant, this marks the third straight winter with snowfall of 50″ or more. 

snowman.jpgThe last and only other time on record this occured was back in the 70s.  At the end of that three year streak was the record winter snowfall of 89.7″ during the winter of 1978-1979.  That winter also had a political storm that swept through the heart of the “Chicago Machine”.  Winter weary voters vented their frustration at the voting polls.  Baby boomers like me will recall those nasty winters of the 60s and 70s. 

For more fun pictures of winter in Chicago, click here for a Chicago Tribune gallery.