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First snow of the year! Melting quick but at least a little left. Was down south picking up a new family member. 

Beautiful morning in the Blue Mountains of eastern Oregon. It was 12F when I took these pics around 8:30am. Gotta get our winter fix somehow.

Major shift on the 12z EPS to lower heights over the West with rising heights in the SE compared to the 00z last night. Looking like a really fun mid month on through the Holidays. Perfect timing IMO!

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Just heard Snoopy’s Christmas by The Royal Guardsmen on the radio.  Always takes me back. Doesn’t hurt too that the atmospheric conditions during the described incident included -40 degree temperatures.🎅🏽🥶🎅🏽

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23 minutes ago, dolt said:

I like you TWL, but I can all but guarantee you that 95% of the population of the utopia of Indiana would kill for Eugene's climate and scenery, and you would too after a short time there. I know you aren't exactly keen on Eugene's increasing summer temps. I'm just fine with it, however, as I don't mind some low humidity 90's. But try Indiana for a week. It can be more humid there than the gulf coast states. 80 degree dew points. 120+ heat indexes aren't that uncommon anymore. Brown, crusty snow with no hills or tall green trees also gets pretty old after about 2 hours. The lack of snow here is what makes the snowfall we get that much more enjoyable.

Sure it's special, but also agonizing when it feels like it's taking increasingly longer amounts of time between significant regional events. And the summers there would be hot and humid but the spring would bring excitement and thunderstorms.

Is the snow there usually brown and crusty? At what location in the midwest does that change, if at all? It's all that Canadian shield plain right?

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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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Amazing to think the December 1990 blast was 30 years ago. I remember it pretty well. I got my first dog that Christmas. Even harder to believe the 08’ event was 12 years ago already. Time flies. Both beautiful memories for sure. 

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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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1 minute ago, SilverFallsAndrew said:

Amazing to think the December 1990 blast was 30 years ago. I remember it pretty well. I got my first dog that Christmas. Even harder to believe the 08’ event was 12 years ago already. Time flies. Both beautiful memories for sure. 

Coldest temps I've ever experienced. I was 6 at the time and the local TV station thermometer read 12F.

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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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2 minutes ago, SilverFallsAndrew said:

Amazing to think the December 1990 blast was 30 years ago. I remember it pretty well. I got my first dog that Christmas. Even harder to believe the 08’ event was 12 years ago already. Time flies. Both beautiful memories for sure. 

Absolutely beautiful memories of both! And the two white Christmas’s that had heavy snow falling at sunrise. Magical!! 

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44 minutes ago, AbbyJr said:

That would be a HUGE help in getting a major arctic blast in the PNW.

18z GFS is even crazier. 10mb temp anomalies peak at a whopping +62°C on Dec 30th, verbatim.

Big dog.

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Looks structurally similar to the SSW during the 2nd half of January 2019.

We all know what followed ~ 2 weeks later.

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Just now, Phil said:

Looks structurally similar to the SSW during the 2nd half of January 2019.

We all know what followed ~ 2 weeks later.

And 4 weeks later ❄️

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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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17 minutes ago, SilverFallsAndrew said:

Amazing to think the December 1990 blast was 30 years ago. I remember it pretty well. I got my first dog that Christmas. Even harder to believe the 08’ event was 12 years ago already. Time flies. Both beautiful memories for sure. 

The 1990 blast was particularly enjoyable.  Ended up with 3-4 inches going into it, then we had a bunch of swollen ponds and such around town that were overfilled from the previous floods which froze solid. All kinds of ridiculousness ensued...

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5 minutes ago, Deweydog said:

The 1990 blast was particularly enjoyable.  Ended up with 3-4 inches going into it, then we had a bunch of swollen ponds and such around town that were overfilled from the previous floods which froze solid. All kinds of ridiculousness ensued...

The 1990 blast was definitely colder than the 2008 one.

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6 minutes ago, Jginmartini said:

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I like that photo!!

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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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11 minutes ago, AbbyJr said:

The 1990 blast was definitely colder than the 2008 one.

Dec 2009 was the coldest temperature I experienced until moving down here. 

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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Just now, Jginmartini said:

Very peaceful setting....I think I stayed up most the night just staring at it! 

My Jan 2017 snowstorm had a similar alluring effect with me. I was up until 3-4am having red wine and was still processing the epic event unfolding. Sky had a eerie color to it (similar to the Jan 2004 blizzard near Portland) and I had maybe a few hours sleep. Oh that 2004 blizzard is another story. .... lol

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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6 minutes ago, Timmy_Supercell said:

Dec 2009 was the coldest temperature I experienced until moving down here. 

I got married that month and had to finish a deck off the church we were married in.  Digging gravel in 20f temps was brutal on many levels.  I was also helping frame a house and all the ply and lumber was frozen and incredible hard to work with.  And we left for our honeymoon on the 28th, the day before we would have some snow to enjoy.  Although the Cabo sunshine and the fact that it was on my honeymoon was nice too I guess.

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I don’t remember January 2004 but I sure remember December 2008! What a storm. February 2014 was great too— lots of snowdrifts as that East wind howled the whole event.

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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"

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4 minutes ago, Requiem said:

I don’t remember January 2004 but I sure remember December 2008! What a storm. February 2014 was great too— lots of snowdrifts as that East wind howled the whole event.

2004 wasn’t as good as 2008 but it was awesome because we got sent home from school the day we came back from Christmas break.  And I woke up the next morning to 4” of snow and it snowed all day

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6 minutes ago, Requiem said:

I don’t remember January 2004 but I sure remember December 2008! What a storm. February 2014 was great too— lots of snowdrifts as that East wind howled the whole event.

Overall more snow fell in December 2008, but the only real blizzard I ever experienced in NW OR was in Jan 2004.

I almost lost power one morning with 50+ mph gusts and heavy snow falling. The sky had this unreal purple look at dark, and some limbs came loose from trees. This was a little before the ice storms. I didn't have my own camera until late 2008. So no extensive documentation of those other storms.

I lived in Bethany from Aug '99 to June '04. I was addressed as Portland but I was maybe 5 miles north of Beaverton. 

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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Tomorrow would have been my 11th wedding anniversary. That was a great winter month in NE Oklahoma. January was EVEN BETTER. 

 

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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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In the Salem/Silverton area 2008 had only a couple inches more snow than the Dec 29-Jan 8th period in 2004. But the snow in 2008 got a lot deeper and stayed on the ground a lot longer, in 04' it melted between events. 

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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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Nice looking front on radar. 0.15” so far and 2.50” on the month before this front. 50/43 today. First time we’ve hit 50 in 8 days. 

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Cold season stats  

Coldest low-30

Coldest high-38

Freezes-6

Monthly rainfall-8.39”

Cold season rainfall-25.42”

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Just found my 2019-20 winter forecast. I feel like I did pretty well. 

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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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