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History of bad weather on December 8

One year ago   |   By WGN TV

Dear Tom,
It seems that Dec. 8 has had a history of bad weather in Chicago. In 1972, United Flight 553 crashed near Midway Airport due to inclement weather, and I also remember that there were snowstorms in 1977, 1978 and 2005. Do the weather records support this?
Jack Bannon, Wheaton
Dear Jack,
While other dates have received considerably more snowfall, Dec. 8 has had more than its share of significant snowfalls. Using a 2-inch minimum threshold, snowfalls have occurred in 11 years, more than any other December day. In fact, only Jan. 12 with 13 years and Jan. 14 with 12 years have logged...
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