Looks like the all time snow record is out of reach

Updated to add 0.1" to the December total, to adjust wording, and to update the graphic.

December 2010 will go in the books as the snowiest December on record. You probably already have heard about this because that stat was already achieved back on December 17th, when Syracuse officially broke the old December record of 70.3 in 2000. With two weeks to go in the month, you might have thought that the all time record snowfall for any month of the year of 78.1 set back in 2004 would be no problem to top. Think of it, how could Syracuse, a city that regularly wins the Golden Snowball Award, not receive 7.8 of snow in a 14 day span during the middle of the winter? Well, the unthinkable has happened.

After receiving nearly 4 feet of snow in 4 days between December 5th and 8th , and another dose of strong lake effect snow totaling nearly 2 feet of snow between December 13th and 17th, the snow spigot has slowed to a small trickle. Hancock Airport has only received 1.8 of snow between December 18th and December 28th. Central New York had a big chance to blast through the record with the Blizzard of 2010. However, as I was predicting all week prior to the storm, the nor TMeaster stayed to our east and Syracuse just received a few flurries.

According to my forecast , there will be no snow at all during the rest of the 2010. With that in mind, these will be the final numbers for December 2010. The following lists of numbers show the all time records for any month of any year and the all time snowiest Decembers on record:

All-time snowiest months ever

1. 78.1" - January 20042. 72.8 " December 20103. 72.6" - February 19584. 72.2" - January 19785. 71.0" - January 1966

Top 5 snowiest Decembers

1. 72.8 - 20102. 70.3" - 20003. 64.6" - 19894. 57.3" - 20085. 53.0" - 2005

Are you surprised or thankful that Syracuse missed out on the all time record? Feel free to tell us your lake effect story with comments at the bottom of this web story and with pictures by sharing them at MyCNYcentral. We will be able to show them on air and online.

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