ENVIRONMENT
02/18/2014 05:45 pm ET Updated Feb 18, 2014

Chicago's Had Almost 2 More Feet Of Snow Than Anchorage This Year, And That's Obscene

An average winter in Chicago typically includes just more than 26 inches of snow. But this has been no average winter in the Windy City.

The latest snowstorm on Monday -- which came complete with some thundersnow -- brought another 5 inches of snow and officially made the 2013-2014 winter Chicago's fifth snowiest season on record, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

The snowiest winter in Chicago since 1884 was the winter of 1978-1979, when the AP notes 89.7 inches of snow fell.

The 67.9 inches of snow that have fallen this winter in Chicago are not only impressive by the city's standards, but also stack up favorably compared to other traditionally snow-covered cities.

Anchorage, Alaska, which has one of the nation's highest average snowfall totals of any city, has only recorded 45.3 inches of snow this year through Monday -- more than 10 inches less than its average snow to date and almost 23 inches less than Chicago's total this year. How strange is all this? Chicago doesn't even make the list of the nation's 101 snowiest cities by average, while Anchorage is number three.

Chicago's snow total this year also tops snowy cities like Salt Lake City, St. Paul, Minn. and Green Bay, Wis. Below are some of our favorite photos of Chicago's snowy, seemingly endless winter:

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Chicago's Endless Winter 2014
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