CHICAGO (AP) -
Chicago hasnít logged any snow on the ground in January or February for the
first time in the 146 years that the National Weather Service has been
Traces have fallen,
but not enough to record. The weather service takes measurements at 6 a.m.
at OíHare International Airport, which means small amounts that may have
fallen later in the day and melted werenít recorded. The Chicago Tribune
reports thatís what happened when trace amounts fell on Jan. 30 and Feb. 25.
Jim Angel is state
climatologist at the University of Illinoisí Illinois State Water Survey. He
says January and February are usually the snowiest months of the year.
He says warm air
and ground temperatures contribute to the lack of snow accumulation, which
affects animals, trees and insects.