Philadelphia is a city that loves to break records! Most recently, Philadelphia’s record-breaking abilities falls in the category of weather. Although a few flurries fell over the Philadelphia region and surrounding suburbs today, Philadelphia continues on its snow accumulation drought. In fact, the National Weather Service has confirmed Philly has broken the record for the longest number of days without at least an inch of snow.
Philadelphia Breaks A Record
If it feels like forever since we’ve actually seen some significant flakes, you are right! In fact, it has been more than 667 days since Philly has been hit with some real snow.
The last worthwhile snowfall happened on Jan. 29, 2022, when the city of brotherly love was hit with 5.8 inches. However, since then the it has fallen short -literally.
The official record was broken November 22nd, 2023 which marked 662 days since more than an inch of snow fell in Philly.
The previous record was 661 days from between Feb. 23, 1972, and Dec. 15, 1973.
Say it ain’t snow!
What Is The Cause Of Little Snow?
Warmer conditions caused by human-induced climate change has been sited as one of the causes of the lack of snow.
In fact, the northeast is among one of the fastest warming regions in the United States.
La Niña was another factor at play. It led to cooler conditions in the eastern Pacific Ocean and as a result, the jet stream pushed much of the cooler air closer to the Canadian border.
Snow Predictions For Winter 2024
The snowfall predictions for Winter 2024 are in.
While, the early part of winter looks to be mild and wet, late winter will give us our best chance of a wintry mix or snow.
AccuWeather is calling for 16-24 inches of snow in Philadelphia this year, right around the historical average of 23.1 inches.
Most is likely to fall during bigger storms rather than a series of smaller events.
You can read more about what to expect this winter here.