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Record-Setting Blizzard

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Photo taken by Charles Gibson  in Mercer County southeast of Aledo. He says a road grader couldn't cut through the immense drift. Photo taken by Charles Gibson in Mercer County southeast of Aledo. He says a road grader couldn't cut through the immense drift.

Here's a thought while you finish up shoveling the piles of snow from your driveway and  sidewalks: those snow drifts are a part of history. 

The National Weather Service says the storm that hit February 1st and continued into February 2nd set a new record. The 16.7 inches of snow, recorded at the Quad City Airport in Moline, amounts to the greatest 24 hour snowfall total, ever. It beat the old record set January 3rd, 1971 of 16.4 inches of snow. In third place is a storm that dumped 15.1 inches on January 19th, 1995.

Many people remember a snowstorm in 1979 that paralyzed the Quad Cities when 18.4 inches fell, but that was over a three day period.

Factor in the snow that fell the day before the 2011 blizzard, and you tie the 1979 event total record.