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Averaging Annual Snowfall

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by Theshoemaker, Aug 20, 2010.

  1. Theshoemaker

    Theshoemaker Senior Member
    Messages: 210

    Hello, i am putting a few bigger bids in this season. I'm trying to do a little homework on averaging my annual snowfall amounts. In my area snowfall averages :
    Since 1968-1969:

    • Average snowfall: 64.8 inches.

    • Median snowfall: 62.4 inches.

    • Years with more than 80 inches: 7.

    I have averaged the last 10 years @ 77.26 inches. Usually just take the 77 and divide by 2 but that would give the amout of pushes. That is 36, I think that if i bid my contracts using the 36 pushes, i would'nt have a chance i would be too high. Most in my area use 25. I dunno maybe i'm just really nervous, but I HAVE THIS REALLY BAD FEELING THAT THIS WINTER IS GOING TO BE SUPER SNOWY. What number would you guys use?? 25 or the 36?? Maybe i will try some more per push work to offset my budget. I just Don't know.....

    Thanks Again.
  2. hoskm01

    hoskm01 Senior Member
    from AZ
    Messages: 475

    So your average storm is 2 inches? Ive never been to or worked in the midwest, but that sounds absurd!
  3. Theshoemaker

    Theshoemaker Senior Member
    Messages: 210

    No, 2" trigger, but we do get 2" snowfalls regularly. It's either a 2-3" or we get 6+ inch snow storm event.
  4. redman6565

    redman6565 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,411

    have you ever plowed before and kept your own plowing records?
  5. Mick76

    Mick76 2000 Club Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 2,157

    Welcome to seasonals.....As your finding out, They're a crap shoot. If it was me, I'd stick with the 25 or maybe alittle lower as you probably won't be plowing every 2" at midnight but might let it accm alittle more then take care of it... just my 2 cents... bid them right (and competitively) and you'll make $ with whatever type of winter you have... have a mixture of per push and seasonal works best to CYA...

    Good Luck!
  6. Burkartsplow

    Burkartsplow PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,246

    we average 72 inches a year here in cleveland and over the last 5 years we have averaged 30 plowing events and 44 salting events. Now these numbers are for our accounts. We salt if there from a trace to 1 inch and we usually start plowing at 1 to 1.5 inch. It is our call when we begin and end service. Hope this helps
  7. Theshoemaker

    Theshoemaker Senior Member
    Messages: 210

    Yes, just kind of nervous, last winter we had a very light winter and i have this bad feeling that this winter is going to be very active. Was pretty much looking for some local "re-assuarance".
  8. Theshoemaker

    Theshoemaker Senior Member
    Messages: 210

    Thanks Aaron
  9. Theshoemaker

    Theshoemaker Senior Member
    Messages: 210

    And thanks Mick