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Historic PNW Winter Weather News Chronology

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Posted 06 November 2017 - 03:37 AM

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Just thought I'd share some nice goodies after perusing through the old Oregonian microfilm (1862-1987) which the Multnomah County Library system generously offers for free online to its members. I have uploaded some of the more significant front pages in PDF format so non-members can view them. Lots of interesting reading if one has some spare time.

 

January 13, 1916: Near blizzard hits Portland, very frigid temps

 

Attached File  01131916.pdf   424.76KB   14 downloads

 

February 3, 1916: Historic snow in Seattle and ice/snow in Portland

 

Attached File  02031916.pdf   574.88KB   10 downloads

 

December 13, 1919: Massive arctic outbreak following a 20-30" snowstorm around Portland (unfortunately the interesting articles from this episode are cropped off on the left side of the microfilm)

 

Attached File  12131919.pdf   678.29KB   7 downloads

 

November 21, 1921: Historic winter storm with flooding and ice around Portland, snow around Seattle, and 35" of snow in 24 hours at The Dalles

 

Attached File  11211921.pdf   633.86KB   5 downloads

 

February 14, 1923: Historic snowstorm and late winter cold spell (those temps are ridiculous!)

 

Attached File  02141923.pdf   619.48KB   7 downloads

 

January 29, 1929: Big snowstorm and arctic blast, unfortunately though article is stupidly cropped again

 

Attached File  01291929.pdf   838.41KB   1 downloads

 

January 18, 1930: Cold spell begins to freeze rivers, includes a fun little early forecast bust as a relieving warm-up turned into....

 

Attached File  01181930.pdf   1.08MB   3 downloads

 

January 20, 1930: Another blizzard

 

Attached File  01201930.pdf   949.59KB   3 downloads

 

December 12, 1932: Snow in San Francisco, arctic blast continues in NW

 

Attached File  121121932.pdf   854.86KB   3 downloads

 

February 9, 1933: Cold cold cold

 

Attached File  02091933.pdf   820.54KB   3 downloads

 

January 21, 1935: Another extreme cold snap

 

Attached File  01211935.pdf   1.52MB   4 downloads

 

October 30, 1935: A freak early snow in the area

 

Attached File  10301935.pdf   1.21MB   5 downloads

 

February 8, 1936: A freak arctic front setting the stage for a freak month of February

 

Attached File  02081936.pdf   1.01MB   6 downloads

 

April 2, 1936: A freak late snow. 1935-36 was just a freakshow all around.

 

Attached File  04021936.pdf   1.24MB   5 downloads

 

February 2, 1937: Blizzard cripples Portland region

 

Attached File  02021937.pdf   1.21MB   2 downloads

 

December 28, 1937: Historic regional rainstorm, with a wet snow cameo

 

Attached File  12281937.pdf   1.35MB   2 downloads

 

January 22, 1943: Another totally crippling snowstorm, that world war thing still a little more important....

 

Attached File  01221943.pdf   885.01KB   4 downloads

 

January 14, 1950: Wild Friday the 13th storm

 

Attached File  01141950.pdf   1.07MB   5 downloads

 

January  20, 1950: The ice storm to end all ice storms

 

Attached File  01201950.pdf   822.88KB   5 downloads

 

January 31, 1950: A chilly day to cap off a chilly month

 

Attached File  01319150.pdf   1.36MB   4 downloads

 

 


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Posted 06 November 2017 - 03:46 AM

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Another string of them

 

March 9, 1951: Serious wet snow dump in historic regional weather pattern

 

Attached File  03091951.pdf   1.04MB   7 downloads

 

January 7, 1952: 7" of snow on the ground in Portland? Looks pretty, now have fun at school today kids.

 

Attached File  01071952.pdf   1.13MB   4 downloads

 

January 17, 1954: Another big regional snowstorm, a little lost in the shuffle

 

Attached File  01171954.pdf   1.13MB   2 downloads

 

November 17, 1955: Historic fall cold and incoming snowstorm

 

Attached File  11171955.pdf   1.05MB   5 downloads

 

January 28, 1956: Big Portland snowstorm going into a nice cold spell

 

Attached File  01281956.pdf   915.56KB   2 downloads

 

January 20, 1960: Nice snowstorm, complete with a reminder that even then winters used to be a lot better

 

Attached File  01201960.pdf   967.38KB   6 downloads

 

March 4, 1960: More March shenangians, snow literally everywhere

 

Attached File  03041960.pdf   702.88KB   6 downloads

 

October 13, 1962: Not quite winter, but rather historic nonetheless

 

Attached File  10131962.pdf   949.42KB   2 downloads

 

December 19,1964: Overrunning blizzard, cold....

 

Attached File  12191964.pdf   977.5KB   2 downloads

 

December 23, 1964: Followed by the sometimes icky consequences of a little snow fun

 

Attached File  12231964.pdf   1.13MB   2 downloads

 

December 31, 1968: Polar vortex drops in to say hello

 

Attached File  12311968.pdf   746.7KB   5 downloads

 

January 27, 1969: More snow, Eugene gets annihilated

 

Attached File  01271969.pdf   797.4KB   4 downloads

 

April 6, 1972: Not winter, but again, pretty historic

 

Attached File  04061972.pdf   941.66KB   3 downloads

 

December 6, 1972: Mini-blizzard ushers in epic cold wave

 

Attached File  12061972.pdf   690.95KB   4 downloads

 

November 23, 1977: Historic November snowfall in Portland

 

Attached File  11231977.pdf   611.58KB   6 downloads

 

November 20, 1978: More November snow, along with a Jonestown cameo (!)

 

Attached File  11201978.pdf   621.63KB   3 downloads

 

January 11, 1979: Crippling ice storm hits Portland region

 

Attached File  0111979.pdf   777.42KB   2 downloads

 

January 10, 1980: Epic multi-day snowstorm for some, ice storm for others

 

Attached File  01101980.pdf   690.7KB   2 downloads

 

June 13, 1980: Again, not quite a winter storm, but an ash storm..

 

Attached File  06131980.pdf   693.81KB   5 downloads

 

December 25, 1983: Epic east windstorm during cold-air-outbreak of the century

 

Attached File  12251983.pdf   802.25KB   7 downloads

 


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Posted 06 November 2017 - 06:00 AM

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Nice!


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Snowfall

2016-17: 47.2"

2015-16: 11.75"

2014-15: 3.5"
2013-14: 11.75"
2012-13: 16.75"
2011-12: 98.5"

 

 

 


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Posted 06 November 2017 - 06:58 AM

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Great stuff... I love reading old newspapers.   The other things in the news are almost as interesting as the snow and cold stories.


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Posted 06 November 2017 - 07:39 AM

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February 3, 1916 snow 2 feet deep in downtown Seattle district. Can you imagine what that would be like now? Pure madness. 



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Posted 06 November 2017 - 09:48 AM

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Great work! I’ll have to go through all of those when I have time.

I remember forcing my dad to drive me to Multnomah Library so I could look at old microfilms of the Oregonian. I was about 13-14 years old at the time. Naturally, I went straight to 1950!
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Posted 06 November 2017 - 10:45 AM

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Great work! I’ll have to go through all of those when I have time.

I remember forcing my dad to drive me to Multnomah Library so I could look at old microfilms of the Oregonian. I was about 13-14 years old at the time. Naturally, I went straight to 1950!

 

Thanks!

 

If there's any other dates anyone was wondering about or would like to see, then let me know. Looks like I haven't used up all my upload space just yet.



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Posted 06 November 2017 - 11:03 AM

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Great stuff.

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Posted 06 November 2017 - 01:31 PM

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Morning Side College has it here. http://infoweb.newsb...com/?db=EANX-CEnot sure if it works directly from the link if not then go to https://morningside.libguides.com/az.php it doesn't require a password on either Chrome nor Firefox.   I just click it and it goes to Newsbank selections and choose (America's Historical Papers up to 2000) and if you type a date in you can see the list of papers available for that date if you just want to jump to that paper.  

 

Sometimes the dates are off like it shows Bellingham Herald only up to 1941 on the list BUT if you search for weather articles during the Jan 1950 period for example it will show things from then.   

 

It also has the Seattle Times and Idaho Statesmen for Boise.  



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Posted 06 November 2017 - 03:23 PM

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This is awesome, thanks man.
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Cold season 2017/18:
Snowfall: 0"
Largest snowfall: 0"
Number of winter events: 0
Coldest High 67*F
Coldest low: 44*F
Highest sustained wind: 17mph
Highest wind gust: 26mph

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Posted 06 November 2017 - 07:06 PM

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February 3, 1916 snow 2 feet deep in downtown Seattle district. Can you imagine what that would be like now? Pure madness. 

 

I think Dec 1996 had about 18" in downtown Seattle.


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Cool anomalies soothe the soul.


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Posted 06 November 2017 - 08:26 PM

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February 3, 1916 snow 2 feet deep in downtown Seattle district. Can you imagine what that would be like now? Pure madness. 

 

Seattle actually topped out at 29 inches.  They also had a max depth of 29 in 1893.


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Death To Warm Anomalies!

 

Winter 2017-18 stats

 

Total Snowfall = 0.2"

Coldest Low = 32

Lows 32 or below = 2

Highs 32 or below = 0

Lows Below 20 = 0

Highs 40 or below = 3

 

 


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Posted 06 November 2017 - 08:28 PM

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Thanks!

 

If there's any other dates anyone was wondering about or would like to see, then let me know. Looks like I haven't used up all my upload space just yet.

 

Great post!

 

I think the January 1972 snowstorm in Seattle was worth mentioning.  Good combination of cold and heavy snow.  I think it was on the 26th.


Death To Warm Anomalies!

 

Winter 2017-18 stats

 

Total Snowfall = 0.2"

Coldest Low = 32

Lows 32 or below = 2

Highs 32 or below = 0

Lows Below 20 = 0

Highs 40 or below = 3

 

 


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Posted 06 November 2017 - 08:30 PM

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Great stuff... I love reading old newspapers.   The other things in the news are almost as interesting as the snow and cold stories.

 

The ones from the 1800s are really fun.  The medical tonics and other quackery were hysterical.


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Death To Warm Anomalies!

 

Winter 2017-18 stats

 

Total Snowfall = 0.2"

Coldest Low = 32

Lows 32 or below = 2

Highs 32 or below = 0

Lows Below 20 = 0

Highs 40 or below = 3

 

 


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Posted 06 November 2017 - 09:04 PM

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February 3, 1916 snow 2 feet deep in downtown Seattle district. Can you imagine what that would be like now? Pure madness.


Nothing quite like cross country skiing down a major interstate during blizzard conditions, lol. A bunch of people did it here during the blizzard back in 2016.
Personal Weather Station, Live Stream on Wunderground: https://www.wundergr...BETHE62#history

Cold season 2017/18:
Snowfall: 0"
Largest snowfall: 0"
Number of winter events: 0
Coldest High 67*F
Coldest low: 44*F
Highest sustained wind: 17mph
Highest wind gust: 26mph

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Posted 06 November 2017 - 09:29 PM

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February 3, 1916 snow 2 feet deep in downtown Seattle district. Can you imagine what that would be like now? Pure madness.

I wish Shawnigan Lake had snow depth records back that far. Between Jan 1 and Feb 9th, they recorded 135” of snow and only 1 day with a high temp above 35F. Also, only on 1 occasion did the snow turn to rain.
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Posted 06 November 2017 - 11:36 PM

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Great post!

 

I think the January 1972 snowstorm in Seattle was worth mentioning.  Good combination of cold and heavy snow.  I think it was on the 26th.

 

That did earn a front page mention on The Oregonian, a mostly dry arctic event for Portland though.

 

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Posted 07 November 2017 - 06:39 AM

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Nothing quite like cross country skiing down a major interstate during blizzard conditions, lol. A bunch of people did it here during the blizzard back in 2016.

I rode my snowmobile down Washington State highway 25 last December. 10" fell overnight on the 26th at my house. I rode the ol' 92' Yamaha exciter to the local gas station that is 10 mies down the road. Nothing like doing 75mph down a rural state highway on fresh unplowed snow  :lol:


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Posted 07 November 2017 - 11:22 AM

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I think Dec 1996 had about 18" in downtown Seattle.

I have news coverage from that event on VHS! Pretty awesome stuff! I had nearly 2 feet fall in just a 12hr timespan. it was epic!

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Posted 07 November 2017 - 07:30 PM

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The ones from the 1800s are really fun.  The medical tonics and other quackery were hysterical.

 

It's amazing the kind of crap that used to be advertised. Even the state climate summaries from the Weather Bureau used to have advertisements in them. Totally random stuff too, like "Bill's horse feed" or whatever. Different times.