The last time there was a measurable snowfall in the town of South Bend, Ind., was March 5, 2012.
As of 9:25 a.m. EST on Dec. 9, 2012, it has been 279 days (and counting) since measurable snow has fallen in the town, according to NOAA. The time period used for counting the last measurable snowfall begins with the last snowfall during the spring of that year. Measurable snowfall must be at least 0.1 of an inch or greater.
This lack of snow broke the 1948 record for longest period with no measurable snowfall. That year, no measurable snow fell for 272 days.
On average in South Bend, there is 215 days between the last measurable snowfall of spring and the first of the winter.
The sight of a snow-free ground for first week of December is common in many states this year. As of December 7th, only 10.3 percent of the U.S. has snow cover. On the same date in 2011, 36.4 percent of the U.S. had snow cover.
These maps (courtesy of NOAA) show the U.S. snow cover for the U.S. on Dec. 7, 2012, (top image) and Dec. 7, 2012 (bottom image).
Snowy scenery is on the way for some states in the Upper Midwest this weekend. A chance of snowfall between 3-6 inches is forecast for Minnesota between Friday and Sunday.
Areas of north-central Minnesota, northwestern Wisconsin and portions of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan could see snowfall of 6-12 inches before the storm ends.
A measurable snowfall could be recorded in South Bend early next week, according to AccuWeather Expert Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski.
At 4:22 a.m. local time, a 6.8 magnitude earthquake struck off the east coast of Honshu approximately 94 miles away from Namie, Japan, the U.S. Geological Survey reports.
Another visit from the Polar Vortex will deliver unseasonably cool air to the Midwest, preceded by rounds of thunderstorms, including severe weather.
Welcome dry weather for cleanup efforts across Japan in the wake of Neoguri will be brief.
As the Northeast continues to clean up from destructive storms early this week, more rounds of severe weather and flash flooding loom for early next week.
Parts of the South will get major relief from heat, humidity and storms next week while other locations will be at greater risk for flash flooding.
Heat-related dangers will be on the rise over the weekend for much of the Northwest as scorching heat settles in.
Richmond, VA (1975)
3.01" of rain fell in evening thunderstorms. This was the second day of 9 straight days in which measurable rain fell. Nearly 8 inches of rain fell in this period. Rainfall in July, 1975 totalled 12.29 inches.
Gulf of Mexico (1979)
Hurricane Bob, 140 miles SSW of New Orleans moved ashore at Grand Isle, LA; New Orleans had 70-mph gusts, trees and power lines went down. Gulfport, MS had 6 inches of rain in 24 hours. Four tornadoes, 2 in SE Louisiana, 1 in Florida and 1 in SE Alabama. A total of 2.16 inches of rain in Baton Rouge, LA in 6 hours.
Medina, TX (1988)
Close to 13 inches of rain; flash flooding killed 2 people.