For 146 years in a row, the city of Chicago, Illinois has had a very distinct weather pattern. This year, however, it seems that this pattern has officially been broken.
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However, this year the city (Chicago) has experienced no snow accumulation as of yet, which means that if it has not snowed enough for snow accumulation to occur by 12 am on the morning of March 1st, this streak will officially be broken (according to NWSChicago).
The lack of snowfall accumulation can be attributed to the unusually warm weather that various areas in the United States have been experiencing this year. In a recent article regarding this weather phenomenon, Rafi Letzter of Business Insider stated that "the unusually warm weather hasn't been concentrated in Chicago." He (Letzter) went on to say that, "[The] NOAA hasn't yet released its official report on the month's [February's] weather (usually the third coldest, after January and December), but much of the East Coast and the Midwest has experienced unusual or record-breaking warmth. Thousands of warmth records were set across the US from February 17 to 24, with just 41 cold records in the same period."
What makes this whole occurrence a very peculiar one is the fact that Chicago is synonymous with being covered in snow in the winter, and this is the only way its residents (and the rest of the world) have known it to be for more than a century. In his article, Letzter goes on to say that "Chicago is a wildly snowy city, where schools regularly stay open through snowstorms that would shut down other urban centres. It's typical for the city to be coated in the un-melted snow for a whole winter, with a massive melt coming in the spring."
Since the Chicago National Weather Service Station broke the news of the streak, Twitter has been abuzz with various tweets regarding the phenomenon. Some of which are hilarious as can be seen by the example tweet given here-above.