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.
As millions prepare to take part in Memorial Day weekend events, showers, storms and a potential tropical system could threaten outdoor activities and travel plans during the extended weekend.
Summerlike warmth will make it feel like the 90s F at times in the eastern United States through Memorial Day weekend, despite localized rainfall.
An area of showers and thunderstorms near the Bahamas has the potential to develop into a tropical system and impact part of the East Coast of the United States during Memorial Day weekend.
The threat for severe weather, including tornadoes and flash flooding, will expand across the central United States through the end of the week.
A powerful, wedge tornado moved across north-central Kansas Wednesday evening, leaving damage to homes and property in its wake.
As summer approaches, sun protection becomes a vital part of daily activity.
New England (1967)
(25th-26th) Coastal New England battered by a great Nor'easter. Winds mounted to 70-80 mph on the coast. Blue Hill had sustained winds of 60 mph and Logan had sustained winds of 50 mph. Lowest pressure of 29.30" was measured over the ocean; 5-10" of snow fell in the Berkshires with considerable damage to the tobacco crop in the Connecticut River Valley. Temperature dropped to 31 degrees at Pittsfield on the 30th for a remarkable end of May freeze.
Cut Bank, MT (1982)
35 degrees with a mix of snow and rain. The high temperature from the previous day was 78.
Erie, PA (1991)
One-half inch of rain fell in only 5 minutes.