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Mid-April snowstorm coats Chicago-land golf courses

Scene at Marovitz Golf Course on April 14, 2015.
Scene at Marovitz Golf Course on April 14, 2015.
Vernon Brookins

Many Chicagoans believed that they would not see any more snow until October, November or December; they were wrong. Even though April 12, 2014 temperatures were close to 80 degrees (F), temperatures were in the middle 30 degrees (F) during the late afternoon on April 14, 2014. It was cold enough for snow to place a thin coat on Chicago-land golf courses.

Snow began falling at approximately 3 p.m. and continued until 9 p.m. This was fluffy snow, not wet enough to make snowballs. This snow accumulated and was visible on golf course fairways, golf course teeing grounds and golf course putting greens.

Snow that fell on golf course cart paths melted. The paths to which I refer are concrete and/or asphalt. You could see the snow on dirt cart paths. Snow melted on wooden steps that led up to clubhouses.

The high temperature on April 13 was 68 degrees (F); its low was 43 degrees (F). Certainly more golfers played on April 13, 2014 than played on April 14, 2014. (Most Chicago-land golf courses have only been open for three weeks.)

It is possible that golf courses within ½ mile of Lake Michigan, like Sydney R. Marovitz Golf Course, Jackson Park Golf Course and South Shore Golf Course, received a little more snow than golf courses farther away. This could be the results from a miniature, lake effect. Lake effect or not, it was a little chillier on the aforementioned courses.

By the time that snow ceased to fall, accumulation was one inch to one and one-half inches. During the time that snow fell, the wind was from the north. This wind generally produced a wind chill that was 10 degrees colder.

This snow is likely to disappear quickly. Although most of it will probably be visible during the daytime and nighttime hours on April 15 when temperatures will be in the mid-to-upper 30s, it will likely be gone by the upcoming weekend. (Meteorologists predict temperatures in the 50s for this weekend.)