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4 facts from extreme winter storm in Hinsdale area

4 facts from extreme winter storm

Published: Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014 2:31 p.m. CDT

HINSDALE – If you’re reading this, then congratulations, you survived the winter apocalypse of 2014. As a reward, here are some numbers from the National Weather Service and local public works departments to put it in perspective.

1. Highs and lows

From Jan. 1 through Tuesday, the highest recorded temperature (without windchill) in Hinsdale was 25 degrees on Sunday. On Monday, it was a high of minus 11. Temperatures are expected to surge into the upper 30s over the weekend.

“It will feel like a heat wave,” said Richard Castro, meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Romeoville.

2. Let it snow

The snow tried its best to put a damper on everyone’s New Year’s Eve plans, and then it never seemed to stop. From Dec. 31 through Jan. 2, the National Weather Service recorded close to 11 inches of snow in the area. After a day of relief, the area saw about another 10 inches arrive on Saturday and Sunday.

3. Hours battled

Crew members from the Hinsdale and Clarendon Hills Public Works departments spent about 22 hours a day in shifts battling the snow and ice since New Year’s Eve.

“The days all start running together,” said Mike Millette, director of Clarendon Hills Public Works.

4. Salt spread

Over the course of all that snow, Hinsdale Public Works used about 150 tons of salt, while Clarendon Hills Public Works used about 280 tons of salt.

“When it gets really cold we don’t really put it down because it’s not very effective,” said George Franco, director of Hinsdale Public Works.

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