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I just want to say thank you to Demitri, Justin, Jim, and all others who are contributing to this thread. I’m learning a ton of fascinating information.

Incredible low level Fraser River push on this day in 1985. SEA had a midnight high of 35 and temps quickly tumbled as the front moved in, with a daytime high of just 21. To the north, near all time r

An even more impressive PNW severe event occurred on June 2-3, 1894, also during the midst of the most severe flood event on record in Portland.   As with our other severe events, a strong marine push

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It’s based on the average temperature curve (1981-2010 climatology period) amongst well-cited stations.

 

The midpoint isn’t necessarily the coldest point, but rather the “middle” of the coldest 3 month period in the climatology.

 

One thing that totally amazed me when I first looked at the Seattle city records is the fact February used to average colder than December.  That seems almost unthinkable now that December has actually become slightly colder than January in the most recent 30 years averages.

Death To Warm Anomalies!

 

Winter 2020-21 stats

 

Total Snowfall = 0.3"

Day with 1" or more snow depth = 0

Total Hail = 0.0"

Coldest Low = 25

Lows 32 or below = 23

Highs 32 or below = 0

Lows 20 or below = 0

Highs 40 or below = 0

 

 

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This is the best thread on the forum.

 

It has turned out pretty good all right.   A lot of good information.

Death To Warm Anomalies!

 

Winter 2020-21 stats

 

Total Snowfall = 0.3"

Day with 1" or more snow depth = 0

Total Hail = 0.0"

Coldest Low = 25

Lows 32 or below = 23

Highs 32 or below = 0

Lows 20 or below = 0

Highs 40 or below = 0

 

 

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A very rare November snow was unfolding in this area in 2010. It actually had been snowing on and off for a couple weeks already, but 11/23 over 8 inches fell at one of the stations here. The next day on the 24th a daily record low of -4 was set, with a high of 22.

 

This was about a week before I moved to town. Ground accumulations briefly hit the 10-11 inch mark. I haven't seen anything close to that in November since that time.

Weather Data for Klamath Falls, OR
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Snowfall (with % of seasonal average)

2010-2011 - 60.70" (168%)
2011-2012 - 49.00" (136%)
2012-2013 - 25.10" (70%)
2013-2014 - 9.05" (25%)
2014-2015 - 2.90" (8%)
2015-2016 - 54.45" (151%)
2016-2017 - 63.00" (175%)
2017-2018 - 18.10" (50%)
2018-2019 - 52.30" (145%)
2019-2020 - 37.00" (103%)
 
2020-2021 - 07.50"
Nov '20 - 00.20" (5%)
Dec '20 - 04.40" (44%)
Jan '21 - 02.90"
 
2021 Thunderstorms
--/--,
 
Top 5 Daily Snows: 12.40" (01/03/2017), 8.20" (11/23/2010), 7.50" (12/13/2015), 6.60" (02/07/2017), 6.20" (03/10/2019)
Honorable Mention: 6.00" (03/20/2012), 6.00" (02/28/2012), 6.00" (01/16/2020), 5.70" (12/14/2016), 5.50" (01/18/2012)
Max Depths: 21.00" (01/07/2017), 18.00" (12/24/2015), 13.00" (01/16/2020), 11.00" (11/23/2010), 9.50" (02/27/2019), 9.00" (02/28/2012)
 
T'storm Days: 10 (2020), 14 (2019), 16 (2018), 12 (2017), 13 (2016), 20 (2015), 21 (2014), 16 (2013), 2 (2012), 12 (2011)
1980-2015 Avg = 12
Severe T'storms: 6 (08/05/2020), (08/10/2019), (08/08/2017), (07/24/2017), (01/19/2016), (08/05/2012) 
"Almost" Severe: 2 (08/10/2017), (05/04/2016)
Vicinity Severe T'storms (close enough to hear, with official severe reports)
(06/26/2017), (08/05/2016), (07/09/2015), (07/05/2015), (06/09/2015), (08/05/2014), (08/04/2014), (08/22/2013), (08/12/2013), (09/12/2011), (09/04/2011)

 

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13 years ago we experienced one of the PDX NWS most embarrassing forecast busts.

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Snowfall                                  Precip

2020-21: 0.5"                        2020-21: 27.38"

2019-20: 23.5"                   2019-20: 58.54"

2018-19: 63.5"                   2018-19: 66.33"

2017-18: 30.3"                   2017-18: 59.83"

2016-17: 49.2"                   2016-17: 97.58"

2015-16: 11.75"                 2015-16: 68.67"

2014-15: 3.5"
2013-14: 11.75"                  2013-14: 62.30
2012-13: 16.75"                 2012-13: 78.45  

2011-12: 98.5"                   2011-12: 92.67"

 

It's always sunny at Winters Hill! 

 

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Five years ago today it snowed.

 

Just noticed that Medford's mean temp for December 2013 was 31.4. I need to check that against their historical records, but that seems rather astonishing.

 

Looks like that is the coldest December on record at Medford (1928-present) narrowly beating out 1972 and 1976 (inversion fest).

 

Medford somehow avoided that mid-month torch in 2013. 

 

Looks like that was the coldest month on record at Medford since January 1963 and overall ranks as the as their 5th coldest month on record behind 

 

1) January 1937

2) January 1949

3) January 1963

4) January 1930

5) December 2013 

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Snowfall                                  Precip

2020-21: 0.5"                        2020-21: 27.38"

2019-20: 23.5"                   2019-20: 58.54"

2018-19: 63.5"                   2018-19: 66.33"

2017-18: 30.3"                   2017-18: 59.83"

2016-17: 49.2"                   2016-17: 97.58"

2015-16: 11.75"                 2015-16: 68.67"

2014-15: 3.5"
2013-14: 11.75"                  2013-14: 62.30
2012-13: 16.75"                 2012-13: 78.45  

2011-12: 98.5"                   2011-12: 92.67"

 

It's always sunny at Winters Hill! 

 

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On this day 5 years ago, Eugene/Springfield had a high temp of 19 and a low of -10

 

Tillamook and Hebo on the Oregon coast also hit -10

 

I was in Texas at the time and was entombed in an ice storm there which was part of an amazing CONUS Arctic blast. They called if f*ck Florida week since the only place in the CONUS with somewhat "pleasant" temps was Florida south of the panhandle.

Springfield, Oregon cold season 20-21 Stats:

  • Coldest high: 38F (Nov 21)
  • Coldest low: 23F (Oct 26)
  • Days with below freezing temps: 28 (Most recent: Jan 20, 2021)
  • Days with sub-40F highs: 3 (Most recent: Dec 24)
  • 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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I am sure the Dec 2013 blast was mentioned. So I'll mention exactly how cold that December was at KLMT.

 

The Mean temperature was 22.7 (-6.8). 

Average low = 9.4! (-11.3)  :ph34r: 

Average high = 36.0 (-2.4)

 

Look at that monstrous -11.3 departure for avg low. I don't think I have seen an avg low like that in any other month.

A couple of stations here are claiming the coldest December on record is 2013 in Klamath Falls.

 

During the actual blast, I had 240 consecutive hours in a row below freezing temperature. 

Lots of frozen fog, it looked cool. Too bad I didn't have a very good camera back then. It looked like a different area that month.

 

Below is a look at 10 of the coldest days.

 

12/03 - 32/13

12/04 - 25/5

12/05 - 24/-3

12/06 - 28/9

12/07 - 21/-16

12/08 - 6/-20

12/09 - 14/-17

12/10 - 23/-8

12/11 - 26/-3

12/12 - 29/-1

 

Exactly 20 years before this arctic blast, one of the strongest yet not often talked about tornadoes hit Newberg, OR on 12/08/1993. It was rated an F2. I believe only 5 recorded tornadoes in the PNW are F2/EF2 or higher. That particular one wasn't as destructive as others only because it wasn't that populated where it occurred.

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Weather Data for Klamath Falls, OR
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Snowfall (with % of seasonal average)

2010-2011 - 60.70" (168%)
2011-2012 - 49.00" (136%)
2012-2013 - 25.10" (70%)
2013-2014 - 9.05" (25%)
2014-2015 - 2.90" (8%)
2015-2016 - 54.45" (151%)
2016-2017 - 63.00" (175%)
2017-2018 - 18.10" (50%)
2018-2019 - 52.30" (145%)
2019-2020 - 37.00" (103%)
 
2020-2021 - 07.50"
Nov '20 - 00.20" (5%)
Dec '20 - 04.40" (44%)
Jan '21 - 02.90"
 
2021 Thunderstorms
--/--,
 
Top 5 Daily Snows: 12.40" (01/03/2017), 8.20" (11/23/2010), 7.50" (12/13/2015), 6.60" (02/07/2017), 6.20" (03/10/2019)
Honorable Mention: 6.00" (03/20/2012), 6.00" (02/28/2012), 6.00" (01/16/2020), 5.70" (12/14/2016), 5.50" (01/18/2012)
Max Depths: 21.00" (01/07/2017), 18.00" (12/24/2015), 13.00" (01/16/2020), 11.00" (11/23/2010), 9.50" (02/27/2019), 9.00" (02/28/2012)
 
T'storm Days: 10 (2020), 14 (2019), 16 (2018), 12 (2017), 13 (2016), 20 (2015), 21 (2014), 16 (2013), 2 (2012), 12 (2011)
1980-2015 Avg = 12
Severe T'storms: 6 (08/05/2020), (08/10/2019), (08/08/2017), (07/24/2017), (01/19/2016), (08/05/2012) 
"Almost" Severe: 2 (08/10/2017), (05/04/2016)
Vicinity Severe T'storms (close enough to hear, with official severe reports)
(06/26/2017), (08/05/2016), (07/09/2015), (07/05/2015), (06/09/2015), (08/05/2014), (08/04/2014), (08/22/2013), (08/12/2013), (09/12/2011), (09/04/2011)

 

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That 6/-20 day is absolutely insane. The COOP station for Klamath Falls didn't even get quite that cold in 1972, 1919, or 1990.

 

I see that KLMT hit -22 on 12/09/1972, and -16 on 12/11/1972. I think a half dozen lows in December have records from 1972 but overall the 2013 blast was a touch colder.

 

The all time record here is -25 so anything below -10 is pretty impressive. I hit -19 more recently on 01/06/2017 right after my 18.4" snow storm.

Weather Data for Klamath Falls, OR
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Snowfall (with % of seasonal average)

2010-2011 - 60.70" (168%)
2011-2012 - 49.00" (136%)
2012-2013 - 25.10" (70%)
2013-2014 - 9.05" (25%)
2014-2015 - 2.90" (8%)
2015-2016 - 54.45" (151%)
2016-2017 - 63.00" (175%)
2017-2018 - 18.10" (50%)
2018-2019 - 52.30" (145%)
2019-2020 - 37.00" (103%)
 
2020-2021 - 07.50"
Nov '20 - 00.20" (5%)
Dec '20 - 04.40" (44%)
Jan '21 - 02.90"
 
2021 Thunderstorms
--/--,
 
Top 5 Daily Snows: 12.40" (01/03/2017), 8.20" (11/23/2010), 7.50" (12/13/2015), 6.60" (02/07/2017), 6.20" (03/10/2019)
Honorable Mention: 6.00" (03/20/2012), 6.00" (02/28/2012), 6.00" (01/16/2020), 5.70" (12/14/2016), 5.50" (01/18/2012)
Max Depths: 21.00" (01/07/2017), 18.00" (12/24/2015), 13.00" (01/16/2020), 11.00" (11/23/2010), 9.50" (02/27/2019), 9.00" (02/28/2012)
 
T'storm Days: 10 (2020), 14 (2019), 16 (2018), 12 (2017), 13 (2016), 20 (2015), 21 (2014), 16 (2013), 2 (2012), 12 (2011)
1980-2015 Avg = 12
Severe T'storms: 6 (08/05/2020), (08/10/2019), (08/08/2017), (07/24/2017), (01/19/2016), (08/05/2012) 
"Almost" Severe: 2 (08/10/2017), (05/04/2016)
Vicinity Severe T'storms (close enough to hear, with official severe reports)
(06/26/2017), (08/05/2016), (07/09/2015), (07/05/2015), (06/09/2015), (08/05/2014), (08/04/2014), (08/22/2013), (08/12/2013), (09/12/2011), (09/04/2011)

 

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I see that KLMT hit -22 on 12/09/1972, and -16 on 12/11/1972. I think a half dozen lows in December have records from 1972 but overall the 2013 blast was a touch colder.

 

The all time record here is -25 so anything below -10 is pretty impressive. I hit -19 more recently on 01/06/2017 right after my 18.4" snow storm.

 

Wonder why the WRCC site doesn't have their records?

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Snowfall                                  Precip

2020-21: 0.5"                        2020-21: 27.38"

2019-20: 23.5"                   2019-20: 58.54"

2018-19: 63.5"                   2018-19: 66.33"

2017-18: 30.3"                   2017-18: 59.83"

2016-17: 49.2"                   2016-17: 97.58"

2015-16: 11.75"                 2015-16: 68.67"

2014-15: 3.5"
2013-14: 11.75"                  2013-14: 62.30
2012-13: 16.75"                 2012-13: 78.45  

2011-12: 98.5"                   2011-12: 92.67"

 

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10 years ago the models were currently VERY interesting.

SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SEATTLE WA

547 PM PST TUE DEC 9 2008

SAN JUAN COUNTY-WESTERN WHATCOM COUNTY-SOUTHWEST INTERIOR-

EAST PUGET SOUND LOWLANDS-WESTERN SKAGIT COUNTY-EVERETT AND VICINITY-

SEATTLE/BREMERTON AREA-TACOMA AREA-ADMIRALTY INLET AREA-

HOOD CANAL AREA-LOWER CHEHALIS VALLEY AREA-OLYMPICS-

EASTERN STRAIT OF JUAN DE FUCA-WESTERN STRAIT OF JUAN DE FUCA-

NORTH COAST-CENTRAL COAST-WEST SLOPES NORTHERN CASCADES AND PASSES-

WEST SLOPES CENTRAL CASCADES AND PASSES-

547 PM PST TUE DEC 9 2008

 

...MUCH COLDER WEATHER IS EXPECTED THIS WEEKEND...

 

A MAJOR CHANGE WILL OCCUR IN THE LARGE SCALE PATTERN NEAR THE END OF

THIS WEEK...BRINGING MUCH COLDER WEATHER TO WESTERN WASHINGTON OVER

THE WEEKEND.

 

THE TRANSITION WILL GET UNDERWAY FRIDAY NIGHT AS A COLD FRONT AND

ITS UPPER TROUGH SWING SOUTHEAST FROM THE GULF OF ALASKA ACROSS THE

PACIFIC NORTHWEST. IN THE WAKE OF THE COLD FRONT...COLDER AIR WILL

MOVE FROM SOUTHWEST CANADA INTO WESTERN WASHINGTON OVER THE WEEKEND.

 

WHAT WILL BEGIN AS A COLD RAIN FOR THE LOWLANDS OF WASHINGTON FRIDAY

MAY MIX WITH SOME WET SNOW FRIDAY NIGHT INTO SATURDAY MORNING. AT

THIS POINT IT LOOKS LIKE TEMPERATURES WILL BE TOO WARM FOR SNOW TO

ACCUMULATE AT SEA LEVEL. HOWEVER...HIGHER HILLTOPS MAY SEE SOME

ACCUMULATING SNOWFALL BY SATURDAY MORNING.

 

WE CAN EXPECT TEMPERATURES TO FALL BELOW FREEZING...AT LEAST DURING

THE NIGHT AND MORNING HOURS...ACROSS MOST OF WESTERN WASHINGTON

BEGINNING SATURDAY NIGHT AND LASTING THROUGH EARLY NEXT WEEK. THERE

IS STILL UNCERTAINTY AS TO JUST HOW MUCH COLD AIR WILL WORK IT'S

WAY DOWN FROM BRITISH COLUMBIA. PEOPLE SHOULD BE READY FOR WEATHER

THAT IS COLD ENOUGH TO CAUSE ICY ROADS...BURST OUTDOOR PIPES...AND

ENDANGER PETS.

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I clicked on this thread on my phone thinking this was the current month thread and started reading that discussion thinking it was written today.    :lol:

 

It actually might fit again if the 12Z GFS ends up being right!  

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I clicked on this thread on my phone thinking this was the current month thread and started reading that discussion thinking it was written today. :lol:

 

It actually might fit again if the 12Z GFS ends up being right!

That’s what I’m hoping for!
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On this day 10yrs ago I was starting to not sleep well and was checking NWS Seattle and models constantly as well as the forum. Didn’t have a smart phone yet so I would have to use the desktop which was a bit of a pain and I still worked outside so limited computer access there as well!

 

SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SEATTLE WA

507 AM PST WED DEC 10 2008

SAN JUAN COUNTY-WESTERN WHATCOM COUNTY-SOUTHWEST INTERIOR-

EAST PUGET SOUND LOWLANDS-WESTERN SKAGIT COUNTY-EVERETT AND VICINITY-

SEATTLE/BREMERTON AREA-TACOMA AREA-ADMIRALTY INLET AREA-

HOOD CANAL AREA-LOWER CHEHALIS VALLEY AREA-OLYMPICS-

EASTERN STRAIT OF JUAN DE FUCA-WESTERN STRAIT OF JUAN DE FUCA-

NORTH COAST-CENTRAL COAST-WEST SLOPES NORTHERN CASCADES AND PASSES-

WEST SLOPES CENTRAL CASCADES AND PASSES-

507 AM PST WED DEC 10 2008

 

...A STRONG LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM WILL BRING STRONG WINDS AND

MOUNTAIN SNOW TO WESTERN WASHINGTON FRIDAY AND FRIDAY NIGHT...

 

...MUCH COLDER WEATHER EXPECTED THIS WEEKEND...

 

A MAJOR CHANGE IN THE WEATHER PATTERN IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON

FRIDAY AS A STRONG SURFACE LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM MOVES ACROSS WESTERN

WASHINGTON. STRONG WINDS ARE POSSIBLE ACROSS PARTS OF AREA BUT THE

EXACT TRACK AND STRENGTH OF THE SYSTEM REMAINS UNCERTAIN.

HOWEVER...IT DOES APPEAR AT THIS TIME THAT THE HIGHEST RISK FOR

HIGH WINDS WILL BE ALONG THE WASHINGTON COAST FRIDAY AFTERNOON AND

ALONG THE STRAIT OF JUAN DE FUCA FRIDAY EVENING. THE COMBINATION

OF SNOW AND WIND IN THE PASSES IS ALSO LIKELY TO CAUSE TRAVEL

PROBLEMS BY FRIDAY AFTERNOON AND NIGHT.

 

THE UPPER TROUGH AND COLD FRONT WILL PASS THROUGH THE AREA FRIDAY

NIGHT. IN ITS WAKE...MUCH COLDER AIR POOLED OVER BRITISH COLUMBIA

WILL FILTER DOWN FROM THE NORTH INTO THE WESTERN WASHINGTON

LOWLANDS.

 

WHAT WILL BEGIN AS A COLD RAIN FOR THE LOWLANDS OF WASHINGTON FRIDAY

MAY MIX WITH OR CHANGE TO SOME WET SNOW LATE FRIDAY AFTERNOON AND

NIGHT. AT THIS POINT IT LOOKS LIKE TEMPERATURES WILL BE TOO WARM

FOR SNOW TO ACCUMULATE AT SEA LEVEL IN MOST THE PUGET SOUND REGION.

HOWEVER...HIGHER HILLTOPS AND POSSIBLY THE HOOD CANAL AREA COULD SEE

SOME ACCUMULATING SNOWFALL BY SATURDAY MORNING.

 

WE CAN EXPECT TEMPERATURES TO FALL BELOW FREEZING...AT LEAST DURING

THE NIGHT AND MORNING HOURS...ACROSS MOST OF WESTERN WASHINGTON

BEGINNING SATURDAY NIGHT AND LASTING THROUGH EARLY NEXT WEEK. THERE

IS STILL UNCERTAINTY AS TO JUST HOW MUCH COLD AIR WILL WORK IT'S

WAY DOWN FROM BRITISH COLUMBIA. PEOPLE SHOULD BE READY FOR WEATHER

THAT IS COLD ENOUGH TO CAUSE ICY ROADS...BURST OUTDOOR PIPES...AND

ENDANGER PETS.

 

THE TROUGH WILL BRING SOME MUCH NEEDED SNOW TO THE CASCADES AND

OLYMPIC MOUNTAINS FRIDAY THROUGH SATURDAY MORNING...FOLLOWED BY

SCATTERED SNOW SHOWERS OVER THE WEEKEND. SNOWFALL ACCUMULATIONS ARE

STILL UNCERTAIN BUT A WINTER STORM WATCH COULD BE ISSUED LATER

THIS WEEK. CHECK WITH THE NORTHWEST WEATHER AND AVALANCHE CENTER

BEFORE VENTURING INTO THE BACK COUNTRY.

 

WESTERN WASHINGTON RESIDENTS SHOULD KEEP INFORMED OF THE LATEST

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECASTS AND STATEMENTS AS THIS SITUATION

UNFOLDS BY LISTENING TO NOAA WEATHER RADIO OR VISITING OUR WEB PAGE

AT WEATHER.GOV/SEATTLE (ALL LOWERCASE).

DAMICO/MCDONNAL/MERCER

 

WEATHER.GOV/SEATTLE

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Would have been a lot of shoveling 99 years ago today south of Olympia.

 

Widespread 18-24" storm totals followed by widespread lows below 0 including the controversial -24 reading at McMinnville. I regard it as the greatest snowstorm arctic outbreak combo we've seen in the 1900-present era. 

 

Salem had a 28/15 with 17.5" of snow on this date 99 years ago. 

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Snowfall                                  Precip

2020-21: 0.5"                        2020-21: 27.38"

2019-20: 23.5"                   2019-20: 58.54"

2018-19: 63.5"                   2018-19: 66.33"

2017-18: 30.3"                   2017-18: 59.83"

2016-17: 49.2"                   2016-17: 97.58"

2015-16: 11.75"                 2015-16: 68.67"

2014-15: 3.5"
2013-14: 11.75"                  2013-14: 62.30
2012-13: 16.75"                 2012-13: 78.45  

2011-12: 98.5"                   2011-12: 92.67"

 

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While we are at it lets look at some extremes from that 1919 blast in W. Oregon.

 

Lowest recorded daily maximums

 

Eugene: 9 (I find this hard to believe.)

Mt. Angel: 12

Albany: 14

Forest Grove: 14

McMinnville: 16

Portland: 17

Salem: 19

Medford: 20

 

Lowest recorded minimum

 

McMinnville: -24

Albany: -15

Forest Grove: -15

Corvallis: -14

Wallace Orchard (W. Salem): -14

Medford: -10

Salem: - 6

Cottage Grove: -4

Eugene: - 3 (Downtown, I am sure it would have been colder at the present airport location. 

Mt. Angel: - 3

Grants Pass: 2

Portland: 3

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Snowfall                                  Precip

2020-21: 0.5"                        2020-21: 27.38"

2019-20: 23.5"                   2019-20: 58.54"

2018-19: 63.5"                   2018-19: 66.33"

2017-18: 30.3"                   2017-18: 59.83"

2016-17: 49.2"                   2016-17: 97.58"

2015-16: 11.75"                 2015-16: 68.67"

2014-15: 3.5"
2013-14: 11.75"                  2013-14: 62.30
2012-13: 16.75"                 2012-13: 78.45  

2011-12: 98.5"                   2011-12: 92.67"

 

It's always sunny at Winters Hill! 

 

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Widespread 18-24" storm totals followed by widespread lows below 0 including the controversial -24 reading at McMinnville. I regard it as the greatest snowstorm arctic outbreak combo we've seen in the 1900-present era. 

 

Salem had a 28/15 with 17.5" of snow on this date 99 years ago. 

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I love this. I ran across some great photos of Silverton from January 1909 a few years back. 

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2020-21: 0.5"                        2020-21: 27.38"

2019-20: 23.5"                   2019-20: 58.54"

2018-19: 63.5"                   2018-19: 66.33"

2017-18: 30.3"                   2017-18: 59.83"

2016-17: 49.2"                   2016-17: 97.58"

2015-16: 11.75"                 2015-16: 68.67"

2014-15: 3.5"
2013-14: 11.75"                  2013-14: 62.30
2012-13: 16.75"                 2012-13: 78.45  

2011-12: 98.5"                   2011-12: 92.67"

 

It's always sunny at Winters Hill! 

 

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URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SEATTLE WA

935 PM PST THU DEC 11 2008

 

...THE WINTER STORM WARNING FOR THE CASCADES AND OLYMPICS

CONTINUES FRIDAY AND FRIDAY NIGHT...

 

...A WINTER STORM WATCH IS IN EFFECT FOR THE WESTERN WASHINGTON

LOWLANDS LATE FRIDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH FRIDAY NIGHT...

 

.AN EXPLOSIVELY DEVELOPING LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM WILL MOVE ACROSS

WESTERN WASHINGTON LATE FRIDAY AFTERNOON AND FRIDAY EVENING.

HEAVY SNOW AND WINDY CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED IN THE MOUNTAINS

FRIDAY AFTERNOON AND FRIDAY NIGHT AS THIS SYSTEM PASSES THROUGH

THE AREA. DEPENDING ON THE EXACT TRACK OF THE LOW...PORTIONS OF

THE LOWLANDS...ESPECIALLY AROUND NORTHWEST INTERIOR...THE HOOD

CANAL...STRAIT OF JUAN DE FUCA...CASCADE FOOTHILLS...AND THE PUGET

SOUND CONVERGENCE ZONE AREA NORTH OF SEATTLE...COULD SEE HEAVY

SNOWFALL FRIDAY NIGHT.

SOUTHWEST INTERIOR-EAST PUGET SOUND LOWLANDS-EVERETT AND VICINITY-

SEATTLE/BREMERTON AREA-TACOMA AREA-ADMIRALTY INLET AREA-

HOOD CANAL AREA-EASTERN STRAIT OF JUAN DE FUCA-

WESTERN STRAIT OF JUAN DE FUCA-NORTH COAST-

935 PM PST THU DEC 11 2008

 

...WINTER STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM FRIDAY AFTERNOON

THROUGH LATE FRIDAY NIGHT...

 

A WINTER STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM FRIDAY AFTERNOON

THROUGH LATE FRIDAY NIGHT.

 

ACCUMULATING SNOW IS POSSIBLE OVER THE WESTERN WASHINGTON

LOWLANDS. THREE TO FIVE INCHES ARE POSSIBLE...ESPECIALLY OVER

HIGHER ELEVATIONS.

 

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

 

A WINTER STORM WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR SIGNIFICANT

SNOW ACCUMULATIONS THAT MAY IMPACT TRAVEL. CONTINUE TO MONITOR

THE LATEST FORECASTS.

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Twenty-three years ago it was even windier.

 

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That was a great season for windstorms. I remember having to go out to our camper with the propane hot water heater to shower since we were without power for a few days. I also remember it snowing a bit when the power was out.
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SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SEATTLE WA

428 PM PST FRI DEC 12 2008

SAN JUAN COUNTY-WESTERN WHATCOM COUNTY-SOUTHWEST INTERIOR-

EAST PUGET SOUND LOWLANDS-WESTERN SKAGIT COUNTY-EVERETT AND VICINITY-

SEATTLE/BREMERTON AREA-TACOMA AREA-ADMIRALTY INLET AREA-

HOOD CANAL AREA-LOWER CHEHALIS VALLEY AREA-OLYMPICS-

EASTERN STRAIT OF JUAN DE FUCA-WESTERN STRAIT OF JUAN DE FUCA-

NORTH COAST-CENTRAL COAST-WEST SLOPES NORTHERN CASCADES AND PASSES-

WEST SLOPES CENTRAL CASCADES AND PASSES-

428 PM PST FRI DEC 12 2008

 

...COLDEST WEATHER SINCE DECEMBER 1990 EXPECTED DURING THE WEEK AHEAD...

 

WITH THE INTENSE LOW CENTER MOVING ONSHORE TODAY...IT IS IMPORTANT

NOT TO LOSE SIGHT OF OTHER SIGNIFICANT WEATHER COMING UP DURING

THE NEXT WEEK.

 

AN ARCTIC COLD FRONT WILL MOVE SOUTH THROUGH WESTERN WASHINGTON ON

SATURDAY...PULLING IN MUCH COLDER AIR IN ITS WAKE. THE FRONT WILL

FIRST ARRIVE OVER THE NORTH INTERIOR EARLY IN THE MORNING...WHERE

FRASER OUTFLOW WINDS WILL PICK UP ON SATURDAY MORNING...BRINGING

IN VERY COLD AND VERY WINDY CONDITIONS. AS THE FRONT SLIPS FURTHER

SOUTH DURING THE DAY WITH UNSETTLED CONDITIONS CONTINUING...SNOW

ACCUMULATIONS OF 1 TO 3 INCHES ARE POSSIBLE FOR MUCH OF THE

LOWLANDS ON SATURDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING. WITH THE PASSAGE OF

THE COLD FRONT... DAYTIME TEMPERATURES WILL ACTUALLY FALL. AS

TEMPERATURES FALL BELOW FREEZING...WET SURFACES COULD QUICKLY

BECOME ICY...SO BE SURE TO WATCH YOUR FOOTING AND AVOID SLIP-AND-

FALL ACCIDENTS.

 

BY MONDAY...TEMPERATURES WILL GENERALLY REACH DAYTIME HIGHS ONLY IN

THE 20S WITH NIGHTTIME LOWS IN THE TEENS OR LOWER. WITH THE

CONTINUATION OF STRONG NORTHEAST WINDS OVER THE NORTH INTERIOR...WIND

CHILL VALUES SHOULD DROP TO 10 OR 15 BELOW ZERO. WIND CHILLS THIS

LOW CAN CAUSE FROSTBITE TO EXPOSED SKIN IN ABOUT 30 MINUTES. THE

NORTH INTERIOR WILL BE UNDER THE GUN FOR BRUTALLY COLD WIND CHILLS

FOR MUCH OF THE WEEK AHEAD AS COLD AIR CONTINUES TO FUNNEL OUT OF

THE FRASER VALLEY.

 

OVER THE MOUNTAINS...TEMPERATURES WILL FALL INTO THE TEENS AND

SINGLE DIGITS BY SATURDAY EVENING AND CONTINUE FOR MUCH OF THE

WEEK AHEAD. WIND CHILL VALUES OF 20 BELOW ZERO CAN BE EXPECTED AT

TIMES...WHICH WOULD CAUSE FROSTBITE TO EXPOSED SKIN IN ONLY ABOUT

15-20 MINUTES.

 

COLD SUB-FREEZING WEATHER SHOULD CONTINUE OVER NEARLY ALL OF

WESTERN WASHINGTON THROUGH NEXT WEEK. IN ADDITION...A WEATHER

SYSTEM ON WEDNESDAY COULD INTERACT WITH THE STUBBORN COLD AIR MASS

TO PRODUCE A RENEWED THREAT OF ACCUMULATING SNOW NEARLY EVERYWHERE

EXCEPT PERHAPS THE IMMEDIATE COASTLINE.

 

THE BOTTOM LINE IS THAT WESTERN WASHINGTON SHOULD EXPERIENCE THE

COLDEST WEATHER IN A COUPLE OF DECADES DURING THE WEEK AHEAD.

PLEASE BE PREPARED FOR AN UNUSUALLY PROLONGED AND INTENSE PERIOD

OF WINTER WEATHER.

HANER

 

WEATHER.GOV/SEATTLE

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URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SEATTLE WA

937 PM PST SAT DEC 13 2008

SAN JUAN COUNTY-WESTERN WHATCOM COUNTY-EAST PUGET SOUND LOWLANDS-

WESTERN SKAGIT COUNTY-EVERETT AND VICINITY-SEATTLE/BREMERTON AREA-

TACOMA AREA-ADMIRALTY INLET AREA-HOOD CANAL AREA-

937 PM PST SAT DEC 13 2008

 

...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON PST SUNDAY...

 

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN SEATTLE HAS ISSUED A WINTER

WEATHER ADVISORY FOR THE LOWLANDS OF THE PUGET SOUND AREA AND THE

NORTHWEST INTERIOR OF WESTERN WASHINGTON...WHICH IS IN EFFECT

UNTIL NOON PST SUNDAY.

 

THE COMBINATION OF SUB-FREEZING AIR MOVING INTO WESTERN

WASHINGTON FROM THE NORTH AND SHOWERS ASSOCIATED WITH AN UPPER LOW

WILL PRODUCE 1 TO 3 INCHES OF SNOW TONIGHT ACROSS THE LOWLANDS OF

THE PUGET SOUND REGION AND THE NORTHWEST INTERIOR. ANOTHER 1 TO 2

INCHES OF SNOW WILL FALL SUNDAY MORNING AS SHOWERS DECREASE FROM

THE NORTH.

 

THE BIGGEST SNOWFALL TOTALS TONIGHT WILL OCCUR IN WESTERN WHATCOM

...SKAGIT...AND SNOHOMISH COUNTIES WHERE SNOW BEGAN EARLIER THIS

EVENING AND TEMPERATURES HAVE BEEN BELOW FREEZING. THIS IS ALSO

WHERE SNOW IS MORE LIKELY TO ACCUMULATE ON ROADS. SNOWFALL IN THE

SEATTLE AREA AND OVER THE SOUTH PUGET SOUND REGION WILL LIKELY BE

SOMEWHAT LESS...BUT IT WILL PROBABLY STICK ON ROADS BY MORNING AS

TEMPERATURES FALL BELOW FREEZING.

 

WITH TEMPERATURES FALLING WELL BELOW FREEZING OVERNIGHT...MOISTURE

ON ROADS AND SIDEWALKS WILL TURN TO ICE. SO PEOPLE SHOULD EXPECT

DIFFICULT TRAVELING CONDITIONS LATER TONIGHT AND SUNDAY

MORNING ALONG WITH SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF 1 TO 3 INCHES.

 

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

 

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW WILL CAUSE

TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR SLIPPERY ROADS AND LIMITED

VISIBILITIES...AND USE CAUTION WHILE DRIVING.

MCDONNAL

WEATHER.GOV/SEATTLE

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SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SEATTLE WA

314 PM PST SAT DEC 13 2008

SAN JUAN COUNTY-WESTERN WHATCOM COUNTY-SOUTHWEST INTERIOR-

EAST PUGET SOUND LOWLANDS-WESTERN SKAGIT COUNTY-EVERETT AND VICINITY-

SEATTLE/BREMERTON AREA-TACOMA AREA-ADMIRALTY INLET AREA-

HOOD CANAL AREA-LOWER CHEHALIS VALLEY AREA-OLYMPICS-

EASTERN STRAIT OF JUAN DE FUCA-WESTERN STRAIT OF JUAN DE FUCA-

NORTH COAST-CENTRAL COAST-WEST SLOPES NORTHERN CASCADES AND PASSES-

WEST SLOPES CENTRAL CASCADES AND PASSES-

314 PM PST SAT DEC 13 2008

 

...THE LONGEST STREAK OF COLD WEATHER SINCE DECEMBER 1990 IS ON THE

WAY...

 

WHILE THE POSSIBILITY OF LOWLAND SNOW SHOWERS IS IN THE FORECAST AT

TIMES OVER THE NEXT FEW DAYS...IT IS THE FRIGIDLY COLD TEMPERATURES

EXPECTED OVER THE NEXT WEEK THAT COULD HAVE THE GREATEST IMPACT ON

WESTERN WASHINGTON.

 

AN ARCTIC AIR MASS WILL STREAM INTO WESTERN WASHINGTON TONIGHT AND

SUNDAY...IN THE WAKE OF AN ARCTIC FRONT MOVING SOUTH THROUGH THE

AREA THIS AFTERNOON. TEMPERATURES WILL FALL BELOW FREEZING ACROSS

WESTERN WASHINGTON TONIGHT WITH MANY SPOTS DIPPING INTO THE LOWER TO

MID 20S. MOST OF THE REGION WILL REMAIN BELOW FREEZING ON SUNDAY

WITH AFTERNOON HIGHS ONLY IN THE MID 20S TO LOWER 30S. IN ADDITION

WINDY CONDITIONS WILL ACCOMPANY THE ARRIVAL OF THE ARCTIC AIR MASS

TONIGHT AND SUNDAY...ESPECIALLY IN THE NORTH INTERIOR OF WESTERN

WASHINGTON.

 

SNOW SHOWERS TONIGHT AND SUNDAY COULD PRODUCE LOCAL ACCUMULATIONS OF

1 TO 3 INCHES...CREATING SLIPPERY ROADS AND SIDEWALKS. ROADWAYS AND

OTHER SURFACES THAT ARE ALREADY WET WILL QUICKLY BECOME ICY AND

DANGEROUS. THE FRIGID WEATHER COULD BURST OUTDOOR PIPES AND ENDANGER

PETS AS WELL. WIND CHILL IS ANOTHER THING THAT CANNOT BE IGNORED. IN

THE NORTHWEST INTERIOR THE COMBINATION OF SUB-FREEZING TEMPERATURES

AND WINDY CONDITIONS WILL CREATE APPARENT TEMPERATURES NEAR ZERO

DEGREES FAHRENHEIT...LOW ENOUGH TO CAUSE FROSTBITE TO EXPOSED SKIN.

 

TEMPERATURES WILL DROP FURTHER ON MONDAY...AS VERY COLD AIR

CONTINUES TO FUNNEL THROUGH THE FRASER RIVER VALLEY OF SOUTHERN

BRITISH COLUMBIA AND INTO WESTERN WASHINGTON. BY MONDAY...DAYTIME

HIGHS WILL GENERALLY REACH ONLY THE 20S WITH NIGHTTIME LOWS IN THE

TEENS OR LOWER. THE COLD AIR MASS WILL SIT OVER THE REGION FOR THE

REST OF THE WEEK...WITH MOST ALL OF WESTERN WASHINGTON REMAINING

NEAR OR BELOW FREEZING EVEN DURING THE DAYTIME. THIS WILL LIKELY BE

THE MOST PROLONGED STREAK OF SUB-FREEZING WEATHER SINCE DECEMBER

1990.

 

IN ADDITION...A WEATHER SYSTEM ON WEDNESDAY COULD INTERACT WITH THE

STUBBORN COLD AIR MASS TO PRODUCE A RENEWED THREAT OF ACCUMULATING

SNOW ACROSS THE WESTERN WASHINGTON LOWLANDS.

 

OVER THE MOUNTAINS...TEMPERATURES WILL FALL INTO THE TEENS AND

SINGLE DIGITS TONIGHT AND REMAIN VERY COLD FOR MUCH OF THE WEEK

AHEAD. WIND CHILL VALUES OF 20 BELOW ZERO CAN BE EXPECTED AT TIMES

...WHICH WOULD CAUSE FROSTBITE TO EXPOSED SKIN IN ONLY ABOUT 15

MINUTES.

 

PLEASE BE PREPARED FOR AN UNUSUALLY PROLONGED AND INTENSE PERIOD OF

COLD WINTER WEATHER.

MCDONNAL

WEATHER.GOV/SEATTLE

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URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SEATTLE WA

359 AM PST SUN DEC 14 2008

SAN JUAN COUNTY-WESTERN WHATCOM COUNTY-EAST PUGET SOUND LOWLANDS-

WESTERN SKAGIT COUNTY-EVERETT AND VICINITY-SEATTLE/BREMERTON AREA-

TACOMA AREA-ADMIRALTY INLET AREA-HOOD CANAL AREA-

EASTERN STRAIT OF JUAN DE FUCA-WESTERN STRAIT OF JUAN DE FUCA-

359 AM PST SUN DEC 14 2008

 

...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON PST

TODAY...

 

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON PST TODAY.

 

THE COMBINATION OF SUB-FREEZING AIR MOVING INTO WESTERN

WASHINGTON FROM THE NORTH AND SHOWERS ASSOCIATED WITH AN UPPER

LOW WILL PRODUCE ANOTHER 1 TO 2 INCHES OF SNOW THIS MORNING.

SHOWERS WILL DECREASE FROM THE NORTH THIS AFTERNOON.

 

WITH TEMPERATURES NEAR FREEZING... MOISTURE ON ROADS AND

SIDEWALKS COULD TURN TO ICE SO PEOPLE SHOULD EXPECT DIFFICULT

TRAVELING CONDITIONS THIS MORNING ALONG WITH SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF

1 TO 2 INCHES.

 

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

 

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW WILL CAUSE

TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR SLIPPERY ROADS AND LIMITED

VISIBILITIES...AND USE CAUTION WHILE DRIVING.

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URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SEATTLE WA

852 AM PST SUN DEC 14 2008

SAN JUAN COUNTY-WESTERN WHATCOM COUNTY-EAST PUGET SOUND LOWLANDS-

WESTERN SKAGIT COUNTY-EVERETT AND VICINITY-SEATTLE/BREMERTON AREA-

TACOMA AREA-ADMIRALTY INLET AREA-HOOD CANAL AREA-

EASTERN STRAIT OF JUAN DE FUCA-WESTERN STRAIT OF JUAN DE FUCA-

852 AM PST SUN DEC 14 2008

 

...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL 3 PM PST THIS

AFTERNOON...

 

THE WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IS NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL 3 PM PST THIS

AFTERNOON.

 

BANDS OF MOISTURE ROTATING AROUND AN UPPER LOW IN THE OFFSHORE

WATERS WILL MOVE ACROSS THE AREA TODAY PRODUCING OCCASIONAL SNOW

SHOWERS. EXPECT AN INCH OR TWO OF SNOW IN MANY LOCATIONS TODAY AS

TEMPERATURES REMAIN NEAR OR BELOW FREEZING.

 

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

 

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW WILL CAUSE

TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR SLIPPERY ROADS AND LIMITED

VISIBILITIES...AND USE CAUTION WHILE DRIVING.

ALBRECHT

WEATHER.GOV/SEATTLE

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