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Title:The Severe Winter of 1981-1982 in Illinois
Author(s):Hilberg, Steven D.; Vinzani, Peter G.; Changnon, Stanley A., Jr.
heavy snow
midwestern snowstorm
severe winter storm
snow cover
storm damage
synoptic analysis
upper level circulation
Abstract:The winter of 1981-1982 was Illinois' fourth severe winter in six years and the second most severe on record. Eighteen severe winter storms equalled the record number set in the winter of 1977-1978. The winter was unusually long, lasting from late November through early April. This report examines the climatology of the winter in regard to storm characteristics, snowfall, and temperature and contains a general synoptic analysis of each storm. Mean upper atmospheric circulation patterns of this and three previous severe winters are compared. Impacts of the severe storms and the winter in general are discussed in terms of transportation, utilities, public health, government, agriculture, and the environment. The winter of 1981-1982 had the greatest impact in central and southern Illinois. Up to 20 inches of snow and blizzard-like conditions in south central Illinois during the storm of 29-31 January led to it being classified as the most damaging of the winter. The storms and cold of the winter were responsible for 34 deaths and at least 550 injuries statewide. Transportation and energy usage and costs were most affected by the winter weather. Serious agricultural damage resulted from the severe cold, and both the snow and cold had detrimental effects on wildlife.
Issue Date:1983
Publisher:Illinois State Water Survey
Citation Info:Hilberg, Steven D., Peter G. Vinzani, and Stanley A. Changnon, Jr. The Severe Winter of 1981-1982 in Illinois. Illinois State Water Survey, Champaign, Report of Investigation 104, 1983
Series/Report:Report of Investigation (Illinois State Water Survey) RI-104
Genre:Technical Report
Publication Status:published
Peer Reviewed:peer reviewed
Rights Information:Copyright, University of Illinois Board of Trustees. All rights reserved. This document is a product of the Illinois State Water Survey, and has been selected and made available by the Illinois State Water Survey and the University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. It is intended for research and educational use, and proper attribution is requested.
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-05-28

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