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On This Day In History...Major Weather Events in the PNW or West

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#701
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Posted 13 April 2018 - 04:09 PM

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Yeah, could be. Though 1898/99 was a weak niña according to the JMA reconstruction, so I wonder if there was a major SSW in mid/late January of 1899. Hard to explain how such a monstrous -NAM (and poleward displacement of -AAM from the low latitudes) could have occurred, otherwise.

 

Given what happened in the first half of February, that wouldn't be surprising.



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Posted 13 April 2018 - 05:01 PM

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Given what happened in the first half of February, that wouldn't be surprising.

 

Agreed, a major SSW fits the bill there. 



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Posted 15 April 2018 - 01:51 PM

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Here's a follow up post to the one about WA state, but for OR. Highest April snowfall totals:

 

143.5" in 1948 @ Crater Lake

139.0" in 1955 @ Crater Lake

108.5" in 1982 @ Santiam Pass

108.0" in 1963 @ Crater Lake

95.2" in 1945 @ Timberline Lodge (too bad this station only existed 1938-1951)

91.5" in 1911 @ Musick (at only 5,000 feet in SW Oregon - epic month)

91.0" in 1932 @ Crater Lake

89.0" in 1967 @ Crater Lake

87.3" in 2003 @ Crater Lake

86.5" in 1993 @ Crater Lake

86.0" in 1955 @ Odell Lake

86.0" in 1937 @ Crater Lake

85.0" in 1899 @ Summit Guard Station (Government Camp)

 

*Incredibly, Summit Guard Station recorded 87.0" of snow in May 1896, higher than any April total in the combined Summit Guard Station/Government Camp period of record that extends back to 1895. May of 1896 also featured a remarkable cold trough that brought downtown Portland a 48/39 day on the 16th (the 5th sub-50 maximum that month), and snowfall down to the hills. The latter assertion is based on the fact that Ashford, at 1,700 feet, recorded 1.0" of snow on 5/16/1896, so flakes down to 1,000 feet were possible. 45" of snow buried Government Camp between May 11th-17th alone, the modern (1951-) record for the entire month is 32.0" in 1974. 

 

Just like with the WA post, here are some notable totals at lower elevations and/or drier locations:

 

37.3" in 1982 @ Marion Forks

32.5" in 1917 @ Joseph

29.0" in 1917 @ Ochoco Ranger Station

28.1" in 1982 @ Scotts Mills 9SE

26.0" in 1963 @ Austin

24.5" in 1955 @ Sundown Ranch, out beyond Silverton

24.0" in 1911 @ Detroit

23.7" in 1967 @ Bend

23.5" in 1967 @ Chiloquin

23.0" in 1967 @ Prospect

18.6" in 1929 @ Zigzag Ranger Station

16.0" in 1982 @ Cave Junction

15.0" in 1933 @ Klamath Falls

14.5" in 1963 @ Dayville

13.0" in 1935 @ Parkdale

11.0" in 1972 @ Valsetz

10.5" in 1972 @ Tillamook 13ENE

9.0" in 1948 @ Timber

9.0" in 1901 @ Glenora

8.0" in 1982 @ Illahe

7.5" in 1936 @ Headworks Portland (Bull Run)

5.3" in 1948 @ Falls City

5.2" in 1936 @ Downtown Portland

5.2" in 1936 @ Hood River

4.5" in 1936 @ Estacada

4.0" in 1901 @ Langlois

3.3" in 1896 @ Stafford

2.6" in 1911 @ Downtown Eugene

2.4" in 1953 @ Roseburg Airport

2.0" in 2008 @ Cloverdale

1.5" in 1903 @ Nehalem

1.1" in 2008 @ Florence

1.0" in 1929 @ Brookings

1.0" in 1936 @ Newport

0.2" in 1929 @ North Bend

0.1" in 1911 @ Port Orford

 



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Posted 15 April 2018 - 02:12 PM

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Here's a follow up post to the one about WA state, but for OR. Highest April snowfall totals:

143.5" in 1948 @ Crater Lake
139.0" in 1955 @ Crater Lake
108.5" in 1982 @ Santiam Pass
108.0" in 1963 @ Crater Lake
95.2" in 1945 @ Timberline Lodge (too bad this station only existed 1938-1951)
91.5" in 1911 @ Musick (at only 5,000 feet in SW Oregon - epic month)
91.0" in 1932 @ Crater Lake
89.0" in 1967 @ Crater Lake
87.3" in 2003 @ Crater Lake
86.5" in 1993 @ Crater Lake
86.0" in 1955 @ Odell Lake
86.0" in 1937 @ Crater Lake
85.0" in 1899 @ Summit Guard Station (Government Camp)

*Incredibly, Summit Guard Station recorded 87.0" of snow in May 1896, higher than any April total in the combined Summit Guard Station/Government Camp period of record that extends back to 1895. May of 1896 also featured a remarkable cold trough that brought downtown Portland a 48/39 day on the 16th (the 5th sub-50 maximum that month), and snowfall down to the hills. The latter assertion is based on the fact that Ashford, at 1,700 feet, recorded 1.0" of snow on 5/16/1896, so flakes down to 1,000 feet were possible. 45" of snow buried Government Camp between May 11th-17th alone, the modern (1951-) record for the entire month is 32.0" in 1974.

Just like with the WA post, here are some notable totals at lower elevations and/or drier locations:

37.3" in 1982 @ Marion Forks
32.5" in 1917 @ Joseph
29.0" in 1917 @ Ochoco Ranger Station
28.1" in 1982 @ Scotts Mills 9SE
26.0" in 1963 @ Austin
24.5" in 1955 @ Sundown Ranch, out beyond Silverton
24.0" in 1911 @ Detroit
23.7" in 1967 @ Bend
23.5" in 1967 @ Chiloquin
23.0" in 1967 @ Prospect
18.6" in 1929 @ Zigzag Ranger Station
16.0" in 1982 @ Cave Junction
15.0" in 1933 @ Klamath Falls
14.5" in 1963 @ Dayville
13.0" in 1935 @ Parkdale
11.0" in 1972 @ Valsetz
10.5" in 1972 @ Tillamook 13ENE
9.0" in 1948 @ Timber
9.0" in 1901 @ Glenora
8.0" in 1982 @ Illahe
7.5" in 1936 @ Headworks Portland (Bull Run)
5.3" in 1948 @ Falls City
5.2" in 1936 @ Downtown Portland
5.2" in 1936 @ Hood River
4.5" in 1936 @ Estacada
4.0" in 1901 @ Langlois
3.3" in 1896 @ Stafford
2.6" in 1911 @ Downtown Eugene
2.4" in 1953 @ Roseburg Airport
2.0" in 2008 @ Cloverdale
1.5" in 1903 @ Nehalem
1.1" in 2008 @ Florence
1.0" in 1929 @ Brookings
1.0" in 1936 @ Newport
0.2" in 1929 @ North Bend
0.1" in 1911 @ Port Orford


I almost bought a house in 2011 about 1/2 mile from the the old Sundown Ranch station. Just needed a little to much work.

Snowfall

2017-18: 30.0"

2016-17: 49.2"

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 16 April 2018 - 01:47 PM

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I know March already passed, but I wanted to list some snowfall totals for March 1951. Such an amazing month!

 

114.3" at Spirit Lake, WA

108.5" at Odell Lake, OR

84.9" at Marion Forks, OR

78.4" at Sundown Ranch, OR

76.0" at Wind River, WA

73.7" at Longmire, WA

64.0" at Detroit, OR

61.0" at Vernonia, OR

51.5" at Cedar Lake, WA

51.0" at Three Lynx, OR

47.0" at Palmer, WA

39.5" at Falls City, OR

39.4" at Randle, WA

39.0" at Blaine, WA

38.5" at Forks, WA

35.5" at Sedro-Woolley, WA

34.7" at Quinault, WA

34.6" at Willamina, OR

34.5" at Bellingham, WA

30.0" at Clatskanie, OR

29.5" at Neah Bay, WA

29.5" at Duvall, WA

26.8" at Arlington, WA

25.8" at Mill Creek, WA

25.0" at Estacada, OR

24.7" at Tatoosh Island, WA

23.6" at McMinnville, OR

21.8" at Silverton, OR

21.0" at Forest Grove, OR

20.8" at Dallas, OR

20.6" at OLM

20.3" at Astor Experiment Station, OR

19.6" at Everett, WA

19.0" at Tillamook, OR

18.9" at Centralia, WA

18.5" at Cottage Grove, OR

18.2" at SEA

17.5" at Aberdeen, WA

15.8" at Elkton, OR

15.1" at Troutdale, OR

12.9" at PDX

12.8" at Astoria, OR

10.4" at Roseburg, OR



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Posted 18 April 2018 - 08:31 PM

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I looked at April snowfall numbers for WA state.

 

Highest monthly totals:

 

170.2" in 2011 @ Rainier Paradise

146.0" in 1991 @ Rainier Paradise

143.5" in 1972 @ Rainier Paradise

129.7" in 1937 @ Mount Baker Lodge

122.0" in 1974 @ Rainier Paradise

116.1" in 1955 @ Rainier Paradise

116.0" in 1937 @ Rainier Paradise

110.5" in 1981 @ Rainier Paradise

107.2" in 1970 @ Stampede Pass

106.0" in 1982 @ Rainier Paradise

105.5" in 1984 @ Rainier Paradise

105.0" in 1927 @ Mount Baker Lodge

105.0" in 1899 @ Monte Cristo

 

 

Some from Mount Baker (I can only find it separated by month since 2005):

124" in 2011
107" in 2010

 


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At home:

 

Coldest temperature thus far in 2018:   -26 on 2/21

Warmest temperature thus far in 2018:  80 on 5/10

Precip thus far in 2018:   6.08 inches

Snowfall thus far in 2018:   35.7 inches