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Posted 26 July 2019 - 07:54 PM

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Three contenders, one winner. Which of these three snowstorms was most impressive in the given area that it targeted most, in regards to amounts, dynamics, temperatures, and perhaps other factors too (wind, ice, duration, etc.).

 

The contenders:

 

January 10-11th, 2017 (Portland Metropolitan Area and surrounding locations): 8-12 inches of snow in many areas (with higher amounts up to 20 inches in select areas within Portland) that brought along with it thundersnow, freezing fog, and of course a complete forecast surprise.

 

February 24-25th, 2019 (Eugene and South Valley): Brought 10-20 inches of snow in many areas, creating havoc in terms of power and timber losses. Was a forecasted event, and dropped massive amounts in Central Oregon as well (20-30 inches in spots). Temperature never reached 32 degrees in Eugene during the storm (remained above freezing the entire time).

 

January 18-20th, 2012 (Puget Sound area and Western Washington): Brought an onslaught of snow (6-12 inches in many locations), followed by an ice storm (0.25-0.75 inches of ice) which crippled power and transportation services for several days. A rather long duration event, that was forecasted heavily and warned in advance.

 

So, which storm was the most impressive? Dynamics, radar presentation, wind, temperatures, almost anything is fair game. Just remember that your individual location doesn't matter, just the locations in which the storm impacted (all similar PACNW lowland locations).


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Posted 27 July 2019 - 10:02 AM

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I would have to go with 2012.  There were major amounts of snow all the way from Bellingham to SW WA and the huge ice storm in the Central Puget Sound region.  Even though places south of Seattle warmed up quickly there was significant snowfall over SW WA that caused pretty significant tree damage due to the heavy amount.  Even Portland got some snow out of that.


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Death To Warm Anomalies!

 

Winter 2018-19 stats

 

Total Snowfall = 12.4"

Day with 1" or more snow depth = 12

Total Hail = 0.3"

Coldest Low = 13

Lows 32 or below = 63

Highs 32 or below = 1

Lows 20 or below = 6

Highs 40 or below = 15

 

 


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Posted 27 July 2019 - 11:10 AM

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I would have to go with 2012.  There were major amounts of snow all the way from Bellingham to SW WA and the huge ice storm in the Central Puget Sound region.  Even though places south of Seattle warmed up quickly there was significant snowfall over SW WA that caused pretty significant tree damage due to the heavy amount.  Even Portland got some snow out of that.

 Thank you for sharing your perspective Wizard! I can hardly remember that storm here in Portland, but I do remember there being some very heavy snow quite late at night on the 18th.


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-Seifer Almasy (VIII)


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Posted 27 July 2019 - 11:21 AM

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Whichever one was best at my house. Lol!

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Posted 27 July 2019 - 12:46 PM

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Three contenders, one winner. Which of these three snowstorms was most impressive in the given area that it targeted most, in regards to amounts, dynamics, temperatures, and perhaps other factors too (wind, ice, duration, etc.).

 

The contenders:

 

January 10-11th, 2017 (Portland Metropolitan Area and surrounding locations): 8-12 inches of snow in many areas (with higher amounts up to 20 inches in select areas within Portland) that brought along with it thundersnow, freezing fog, and of course a complete forecast surprise.

 

February 24-25th, 2019 (Eugene and South Valley): Brought 10-20 inches of snow in many areas, creating havoc in terms of power and timber losses. Was a forecasted event, and dropped massive amounts in Central Oregon as well (20-30 inches in spots). Temperature never reached 32 degrees in Eugene during the storm (remained above freezing the entire time).

 

January 18-20th, 2012 (Puget Sound area and Western Washington): Brought an onslaught of snow (6-12 inches in many locations), followed by an ice storm (0.25-0.75 inches of ice) which crippled power and transportation services for several days. A rather long duration event, that was forecasted heavily and warned in advance.

 

So, which storm was the most impressive? Dynamics, radar presentation, wind, temperatures, almost anything is fair game. Just remember that your individual location doesn't matter, just the locations in which the storm impacted (all similar PACNW lowland locations).

 

Jan 1969 whips all of these IMO, but the 20" in the s valley is the 2nd most significant event here after Jan 1969.


Springfield, Oregon cold season 18-19 Stats:

Coldest high: 34 (Feb 25)
Coldest low: 20 (Mar 4)
Days with below freezing temps: 46
Total snowfall: 20.2"

Last accumulating snowfall (grass): February 27, 2019
Last accumulating snowfall (roads): February 27, 2019
Last sub-freezing high: Jan 13, 2017 (31)
Last White Christmas: 1990

Significant wind events (gusts 45+): 0

 

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Last accumulating snowfall (grass): February 27, 2019

Last accumulating snowfall (roads): February 27, 2019
Last sub-freezing high: Jan 13, 2017 (31)
Last White Christmas: 2008

Total snowfall since joining TheWeatherForums: 20.7"

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Posted 27 July 2019 - 05:21 PM

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The answer of course is January 13, 1950, which was basically a strong nor'easter that happened to form off our coast.


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Posted 27 July 2019 - 05:32 PM

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Whichever one was best at my house. Lol!


I concur!

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Posted 27 July 2019 - 05:57 PM

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The answer of course is January 13, 1950, which was basically a strong nor'easter that happened to form off our coast.

 

I know that month was insane in Portland, but I have yet to do research on this event. Thanks for the insight.


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"The way I look at it, as long as you make it out of a battle alive, you're one step closer to fulfilling your dream."

 

-Seifer Almasy (VIII)


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Posted 27 July 2019 - 06:41 PM

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Jan 1969 whips all of these IMO, but the 20" in the s valley is the 2nd most significant event here after Jan 1969.

 

That was a great one.  Major snows from Bellingham to south of Salem.


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Winter 2018-19 stats

 

Total Snowfall = 12.4"

Day with 1" or more snow depth = 12

Total Hail = 0.3"

Coldest Low = 13

Lows 32 or below = 63

Highs 32 or below = 1

Lows 20 or below = 6

Highs 40 or below = 15

 

 


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Posted 27 July 2019 - 06:43 PM

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I know that month was insane in Portland, but I have yet to do research on this event. Thanks for the insight.

 

I envy where you are at on this.  I remember how magical it was finding out about and researching the great winters for the first time.

 

I had to look through books at the Seattle Public Library when I was researching.  That having been said I still find details that somehow escaped me from time to time.


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Death To Warm Anomalies!

 

Winter 2018-19 stats

 

Total Snowfall = 12.4"

Day with 1" or more snow depth = 12

Total Hail = 0.3"

Coldest Low = 13

Lows 32 or below = 63

Highs 32 or below = 1

Lows 20 or below = 6

Highs 40 or below = 15

 

 


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Posted 27 July 2019 - 09:55 PM

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I think we had a few inches in here in 2012 so I’ll go with that one.

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Posted 27 July 2019 - 11:14 PM

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I know that month was insane in Portland, but I have yet to do research on this event. Thanks for the insight.


It was insane regionally. Even EUG had like 37” of snow for the month.
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Springfield, Oregon cold season 18-19 Stats:

Coldest high: 34 (Feb 25)
Coldest low: 20 (Mar 4)
Days with below freezing temps: 46
Total snowfall: 20.2"

Last accumulating snowfall (grass): February 27, 2019
Last accumulating snowfall (roads): February 27, 2019
Last sub-freezing high: Jan 13, 2017 (31)
Last White Christmas: 1990

Significant wind events (gusts 45+): 0

 

Personal Stats:

Last accumulating snowfall (grass): February 27, 2019

Last accumulating snowfall (roads): February 27, 2019
Last sub-freezing high: Jan 13, 2017 (31)
Last White Christmas: 2008

Total snowfall since joining TheWeatherForums: 20.7"

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Posted 31 July 2019 - 07:40 AM

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Well following Jesse's rules I would have to go with January 2012, 32" storm total up here. 

 

I would vote for February 24-25, 2019 though. 


Snowfall

2018-19: 63.5"

2017-18: 30.3"

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 31 July 2019 - 08:06 AM

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2017 was most impressive for intensity.

2019 was most impressive for heavy snowfall.

2012 was easily the most widespread.

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Posted 31 July 2019 - 10:23 AM

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12-1-07 Trumps them all.

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Posted 31 July 2019 - 12:10 PM

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1-10-17 was extremely localized. 2/6/14 was easily more impressive. 


Snowfall

2018-19: 63.5"

2017-18: 30.3"

2016-17: 49.2"

2015-16: 11.75"

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

 

It's always sunny at Winters Hill! 

 


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Posted 31 July 2019 - 12:26 PM

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Objectively impressive snowstorm flowchart:

1) was it most impressive in my immediate vicinity?

Yes ▶️ It was objectively the best snowstorm

No ▶️ It was Objectively the least impressive

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Posted 01 August 2019 - 10:34 AM

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Objectively impressive snowstorm flowchart:

1) was it most impressive in my immediate vicinity?

Yes ▶️ It was objectively the best snowstorm

No ▶️ It was Objectively the least impressive

 

1-10-17 was incredibly localized. It really doesn't belong in the discussion with these other events. 

 

2/24-25/2019 wasn't that impressive in my immediate vicinity, but it was pretty d**n impressive. 


Snowfall

2018-19: 63.5"

2017-18: 30.3"

2016-17: 49.2"

2015-16: 11.75"

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

 

It's always sunny at Winters Hill! 

 


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Posted 01 August 2019 - 12:00 PM

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1-10-17 was incredibly localized. It really doesn't belong in the discussion with these other events. 

 

2/24-25/2019 wasn't that impressive in my immediate vicinity, but it was pretty d**n impressive. 

 

I put it in not because of how expansive it was but because of how impressive it was in the select areas in which it did affect. Parts of the West Hills received 20 inches in less than 12 hours, I'd call that impressive enough to stand toe-to-toe with some of these other storms.


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Posted 01 August 2019 - 02:55 PM

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See flowchart.

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Posted 07 August 2019 - 03:10 PM

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11/26-27/06. Absolutely epic!
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Posted 07 August 2019 - 08:01 PM

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11/26-27/06. Absolutely epic!

27” here with that
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Posted 10 August 2019 - 08:07 AM

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Flowchart guys...





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