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Most impressive PACNW winter storms.

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Posted 19 July 2019 - 07:33 PM



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In preparation for this winter, let's reminisce over the most impressive snow/ice events in the PACNW, specifically the lowland locations. 


Gonna have to put January 15-28th, 1950 up there for the whole region, that was one impressive sequence of events. December 2008 was something to remember, as was January 1-7, 2004 for Portland and the Valley. December (I believe it was the 24th to the 28th) 1996 was record-breaking for Seattle, dangerous for Portland due to the extraordinarily intense ice storms that ensued. More recently, January 2012 brought some crazy snow to Seattle, and January 10-11th, 2017, brought heavy snowfall to PDX in only a couple hours. Eugene has February 6-8th, 2014 and February 24-25th of last year, both of which brought more than a foot to select areas.


So, let's discuss and reminisce, shall we? What are your experience with winter storms in the Pacific Northwest?

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Top 5 Snow Events (post 2014):


(1. January 10th, 2017: 18.5 in.

(2. February 6th, 2014: 7.5 inches

(3. February 20th, 2018: 5.0 inches

(4. February 21st, 2018: 4.0 inches

(5. December 14th, 2016: 3.5 inches


Honourable Mentions: December 7th, 2018, February 9th, 2019.


Total since joining the Weather Forums: 3"


Posted 19 July 2019 - 09:42 PM


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Nov 25-27 2006 for northern Washington and SW BC. Daily snowfall records for the month of November amounts near 18”. November snow depth records with some places seeing near 2 feet
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Posted 20 July 2019 - 07:08 AM


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January 1880 was jaw dropping in the Puget Sound region.  The P-I newspaper stated that somebody measured 76 inches of snow in 3 days on one of the hills on the east side of Seattle (presumably Capitol Hill).  In general total snow on the ground after the event was in the 4 to 6 foot range with some places even higher.

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Winter 2019-20 stats


Total Snowfall = 3.7"

Day with 1" or more snow depth = 3

Total Hail = T

Coldest Low = 20

Lows 32 or below = 60

Highs 32 or below = 0

Lows 20 or below = 1

Highs 40 or below = 10




Posted 20 July 2019 - 08:07 AM


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Jan, 1969 is the benchmark for maximum insanity in the S Valley.  Like 72+ hours of non-stop snowfall from Jan 25-28 with temps at or well below freezing. 36"+ in most places.  The whole valley got bombed with that.  Would love to see a modern set of models see that event as it developed and just how it happened. I would assume some atmospheric river got stalled to the south and EUG was in a persistent d-band zone?


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Springfield, Oregon cold season 19-20 Stats:

Coldest high: 34 (Nov 30)
Coldest low: 20 (Nov 29)
Days with below freezing temps: 63 (Most recent: Apr 14)

Days with sub-40F highs: 1 (Most recent: Nov 30, 2019) *Fewest all-time*
Total snowfall: 0.0"

Last accumulating snowfall: February 27, 2019
Last sub-freezing high: Jan 14, 2017 (31F)
Last White Christmas: 1990

Significant wind events (gusts 45+): 0


Personal Stats:

Last accumulating snowfall: February 27, 2019

Last sub-freezing high: Jan 14, 2017 (31)
Last White Christmas: 2008

Total snowfall since joining TheWeatherForums: 20.7"

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