Lots of Snow, Lots of Spring & Summer Water

Now if we just had more water storage…

Anyway, good news from Weather.com

An excerpt.

Incredible amounts of snow have fallen throughout parts of the Mountain West since last Friday after a one-two punch from winter storms Kai and Lucian. The Sierra Nevada, straddling the border between California and Nevada, has been particularly hard-hit, where one ski resort tallied 6 feet of snow in just one day.

Taking that crown is June Mountain, east of Yosemite National Park. June Mountain reported 72 inches of new snow in the 24 hours ending 9 a.m. PST Sunday morning.

It should be noted the June Mountain 24-hour total is an unofficial measurement and won’t be included in NOAA’s climate records.

The official 24-hour snowfall record for California is 67 inches, measured at Echo Summit, a mountain pass south of Lake Tahoe, on Jan. 5, 1982.

The storm-total snowfall at June Mountain from Friday through mid-morning Sunday was measured at 96 inches, according to the National Weather Service in Reno, Nevada.

Yes, that’s 8 feet of snow in less than three days. And it was too much for the ski resort to handle; June Mountain was closed on Monday as workers attempted to dig out, the resort said in a Facebook post.

That got us thinking – what are some of the heaviest snowfall records in United States history? Below, we take a look at a few of the known records, including the heaviest monthly, seasonal and 24-hour snowfall amounts.

Tamarack, California, holds the record for the most snow in a calendar month, with 390 inches (32.5 feet) in January 1911. That is nearly twice the average snowfall during an entire winter in very snowy Marquette, Michigan, which averages about 204 inches annually.

Tamarack’s location high in the Sierra Nevada makes it an ideal spot to intercept copious amounts of moisture provided by an active storm track off the Pacific Ocean. The site of this record is at an elevation of 7,000 feet, near where the Bear Valley Ski Resort is now, according to Christopher Burt of Weather Underground.

An incredible 1,140 inches (95 feet) was recorded at Mount Baker Ski Area (elevation: 4,200 feet) during the July 1, 1998 to June 30, 1999 snow season.

For perspective, that snow total is equal to the height of nine to 10 basketball goals stacked on top of each other, or the distance on a football field from the goal line to just past the 30-yard line.

Most Snow Measured in 24 Hours: 75.8 Inches

If you are 6 feet tall and stood outside for 24 hours in Silver Lake, Colorado, April 14-15, 1921, you would’ve been buried by snow from head to toe. That location recorded 6.3 feet of snow in a single day at an elevation of 10,220 feet in the Colorado Rockies.

In 1997, a report of 77 inches of snow measured in 24 hours in Montague, New York, east of Lake Ontario on the Tug Hill Plateau, was submitted for review by NOAA to see if the Silver Lake record was defeated. A committee reviewed the report and determined the Silver Lake record should remain after finding proper climatological guidelines were not used to measure the snow in Montague.

Most Snow in Two Days: 120.6 Inches

Thompson Pass, Alaska, holds the record for the most snow in a two-day period, according to Burt. Just over 10 feet of snow was measured there Dec. 29-30, 1955.

Thompson Pass is located to the east of Valdez, Alaska, one of the snowiest cities in America.

Retrieved February 5, 2019 from https://weather.com/science/weather-explainers/news/2019-02-04-monthly-seasonal-daily-snowfall-records-united-states-of-america

About David H Lukenbill

I am a native of Sacramento, as are my wife and daughter. I am a consultant to nonprofit organizations, and have a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Behavior and a Master of Public Administration degree, both from the University of San Francisco. We live along the American River with two cats and all the wild critters we can feed. I am the founding president of the American River Parkway Preservation Society and currently serve as the CFO and Senior Policy Director. I also volunteer as the President of The Lampstand Foundation, a nonprofit organization I founded in 2003.
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