February 17, 2021

Since December 1

Snow Play or Fun With Numbers

Since December 1, the amount of snow that has fallen on Cook County as of Tuesday evening—42.7”—is the equivalent of 5.35” of rain. 5.35” of water equals 87.9 billion gallons across the expanse of Cook County.

Photo courtesy of Rick DiMaio

Photo courtesy of Rick DiMaio

Or, look at it this way: If all the water that has fallen on Cook County since December 1 were piled on top of Chicago alone, you’d be standing in water 21.6” deep.

If all the snow that has fallen on Cook County as of Tuesday night were piled up in Chicago alone, it would be 14’ 4” deep. That’s way over my head!


Deep Tunnel systemTunnel and Reservoir Tour from Your Very Own Chair (or Couch)

The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District is offering another virtual tour of the Chicago Waterways System, the world’s largest sewage treatment plant, the Deep Tunnel system and more! You’ll travel underwater—and underground.

It’s fun, it’s lively, and it’s free of charge. Bring your own popcorn!

Friday, February 19, 2021
10 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. CST
Register here.

I took the tour in January. It was fantastic.