Chardon is a city in and the county seat of Geauga County, Ohio, in the United States.
Chardon is Geauga County's only incorporated city and contains land from Chardon, Hambden, and Munson townships.
Chardon is about 10 miles south of Lake Erie and within the Great Lakes' "snow belt."
The Snowiest town in Ohio - Chardon
According to research, one of the snowiest towns in Ohio is Chardon.
Chardon has a humid continental climate.
In Chardon, the summers are warm and partly cloudy and the winters are freezing, snowy, windy, and mostly cloudy. The temperature normally ranges from 20°F to 80°F throughout the year, rarely falling below 5°F or rising over 87°F.
Chardon is known as the snowiest city in Ohio, with an average annual snowfall of 107 inches. This is mostly due to its location on a 730-foot ridge about 10 miles inland from Lake Erie, which creates ideal conditions for orographic lift and heavy snowfall when winter winds blow across the lake.
From November 9 to November 13, 1996, a storm dropped more than 70 inches of lake-effect snow on the city over a six-day period. As a result, Governor George Voinovich declared a state of emergency, and the Ohio National Guard was called in to help with the cleanup.
The warm season lasts 3.7 months, from May 27 to September 18, with an average daily maximum temperature exceeding 70°F. July is the hottest month in Chardon, with average highs of 79°F and lows of 64°F.
The cold season lasts 3.2 months, from December 4 to March 10, with daily high temperatures averaging less than 42°F. January is the coldest month in Chardon, with an average low of 21°F and a high of 33°F.
Interesting facts about Chardon
The town of Chardon is named after Peter Chardon Brooks, who donated land for the construction of the historic Chardon Square. Chardon Township, like the City of Chardon, celebrates its incorporation in 1812.
Chardon is well-known for the maple syrup industry. When the sap is at its ideal thawing temperature on Tapping Sunday in March, the syrup season is officially celebrated.
The last weekend in April, the Chardon Square is the site of the yearly Geauga County Maple Festival, a four-day event. Due to Chardon's position in the Great Lakes "snow belt," which has significant annual snowfall, the festival has been postponed multiple times because of snowstorms in April.
On the 24th and 25th of July, 1868, a major fire completely destroyed the center of uptown, today is known as Chardon Square. The fire started in the Parlin Parkin's grocery shop and quickly spread. By the time the fire was put out, the courthouse, post office, and many of the shops on the plaza had been destroyed.
Following the fire, Chardon Square was rapidly reconstructed. In 1869, a new county courthouse was built, which still exists today. Many more buildings that were built after the fire are still in use today.
Chardon is located about 15 miles east of Cleveland on US Route 6. The city has a total area of 4.62 square miles, of which 4.58 square miles is land and 0.04 square miles (or approximately 25 acres) is water, according to the United States Census Bureau