CLEVELAND - Usually by the middle of December, we've seen a couple decent shots of snow, both lake effect and region-wide. That has not been the case this year.
The storm track, which usually comes up the Ohio Valley and gives us nice shots of snow, just hasn't formed like it typically does.
Instead, the track has been farther north when a larger storm arrives. This brings snow to the upper Midwest and the Great Plains, while we're on the warm side, seeing rain or just clouds. There are several global weather patterns in play that affect our weather here.
Also, our lake effect snow machine hasn't been turned on. This is due to the lack of large outbreaks of cold air. Yes, we've had some cold days, but the air hasn't been cold enough to cause widespread lake snows.
Let's take a look at our numbers, or lack of numbers:
So far this season, going back to October, we've only received .3 inches of snow in Cleveland. On average, we'd have more than 8 inches of snow by now. So, we are well below average.
But, remember, all it takes is one big snow, and BAM - we're back where we should be.
Over the next seven days though, I don't see much cold air for lake snows, nor do I see a significant snow storm.
One last "but", we still are 10 days or so from the official start of winter. So I expect us to get our fair share through the end of the month into 2013.
Get ready and use our snow-less time to prepare for our first big snow.