Seattle receives the most snow in 70 years

Posted: February 10, 2019 by oldbrew in News, Temperature, weather

Two feet of snow in Seattle?


Yes it’s winter, but this is way beyond normal weather for this region as CBS News reports.

Some areas around Seattle received more than 10 inches of snow Saturday, the most in 70 years, the National Weather Service said, and more is on the way as two more storm systems close in on the area.

The National Weather Service said the first storm system is expected to arrive in the area Sunday night with light accumulation, and the second system will push through Monday and continue into Tuesday.

Meanwhile, cold temperatures are expected in the region overnight Saturday, with temperatures dropping to 15-20 degrees and the wind chill in the single digits.

The National Weather Service said some areas received up to 10.6 inches of snow, already making it the snowiest February since 1949, and the second snowiest February on record.

Nearly 8 inches of snow fell at Seattle-Tacoma Airport, where hundreds of flights were canceled, CBS News’ Carter Evans reports. The storm obscured the famous Space Needle and left a blanket of snow over some very iconic locations, like Pike Place Market. Heavy snow did do some damage in Yosemite National Park, where they got up to two feet in some areas.

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Comments
  1. oldbrew says:

    CNN: Seattle almost reached its yearly amount of snowfall in a day

    Seattle got almost the same amount of snow it gets in a year in one day, leaving officials scrambling to get people off the streets and Washington’s governor declaring a state of emergency.
    https://edition.cnn.com/2019/02/09/us/seattle-snow-weather-saturday-wxc/index.html
    – – –
    BBC: Seattle struggles with unusually heavy snow
    4 hours ago

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-47189161

  2. timken2626 says:

    I live 1 to 3 hours SW of Seattle depending on traffic, and my daughter lives slightly NE of Yeslerville. The snow is much heavier than usual but not unprecedented. We have 8 inches, comparable to a couple other times we have lived here over 25 years. My daughter had slightly less. Records generated for SeaTac only go to 1946, so they do not include any Dust Bowl Era weather of or the great Seattle snow of 1916. Puget Sound snowfall is highly variable even in a given storm. I highly recommend Cliff Mass’s blog for a rational look at Washington weather.

  3. oldbrew says:

    Another place colder than it normal is in February…

  4. Gamecock says:

    It’s cold. So it’s just weather. If it were hot, it would be climate.

  5. oldbrew says:

    Latest news…

    Seattle is having its snowiest February in 70 years – and more is on the way
    Susan Miller USA TODAY
    Published 1:31 AM EST Feb 11, 2019

    Hold on to your warm, woolen hats, Seattle: You are not out of the icebox yet.

    After a weekend snowstorm pummeled the normally mild Northwestern city – making this month the city’s snowiest February since 1949, according to AccuWeather – another one-two punch is expected this week.

    The next snowstorm is forecast to hit Sunday night, bringing 1-2 inches of snow, AccuWeather said, and another would pile on 3-6 inches Monday afternoon into Tuesday.

    The snow will ride a wave of record cold: High temperatures were expected in the upper 20s to low 30s, with wind chills from 17 to 22 degrees.

    The brutal weather has already wreaked havoc on a city more accustomed to rain than snow. Seattle normally averages only 0.7 inch of snow each February.

    “This February in Seattle is going to be remembered for brutal winter weather for many folks not used to it,” Weather.us meteorologist Ryan Maue said.

    https://eu.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2019/02/10/seattle-snowiest-february-70-years-more-coming/2830164002/

  6. oldbrew says:

    Climate of fantasy?

  7. oldbrew says:

    US winter storms bring rare snow to Hawaii
    12.02.2019

    Winter snow storms hit northwest America again on Monday as a large weather system caused schools to close down in Washington state and even brought snow to Hawaii.

    Hawaii officials said the blanket of snow at Polipoli Spring State Recreation Area was likely the first for any state park.

    Polipoli is at 6,200 feet (1,900 meters) and is possibly the lowest elevation snow was ever recorded in the state.

    https://www.dw.com/en/us-winter-storms-bring-rare-snow-to-hawaii/a-47471078

  8. hunter says:

    When the article claims a weather event is not “normal”, you can accurately guess it is a deceptive article.
    There is frequent or infrequent.
    Common or uncommon
    There is no “normal” in weather.
    “Normal” implies something like “normal” temperature of the human body.
    And that some different temperature is due to an illness.
    There is no “normal weather”.

  9. oldbrew says:

    Moving a bit further north…

    Vancouver got three times its normal monthly snowfall within three days, and it could be just the start
    Tues., Feb. 12, 2019

    VANCOUVER—Parts of Metro Vancouver were under nearly 40 centimetres of snow Tuesday afternoon — and there could be more on the way.

    https://www.thestar.com/vancouver/2019/02/11/vancouver-school-board-calls-snow-day-tuesday-after-record-snowfall.html

  10. Brian White says:

    I’m in Victoria BC, Canada, a little north of Seattle. We got a 3 week blast of very cold weather in February. About a ft of snow. But lets not forget, October, November, December and January were incredibly mild. Prior to the snow, I had peas and broad beans in flower in my garden in January! Tomatoes germinated in my unheated greenhouse in December and at the end of January, I picked and ate some tomatoes from a friend’s greenhouse.(Vines had died but tomatoes still good). 2 years ago, we had about 6 inches of snow in February too. Our farmers are growing California bred varieties of strawberries to counteract the drying summer climate. And also, digging ponds, One of the bigger farms, builds one or 2 new ponds every year to catch the winter rain and save it for summer. 3 weeks of cold in no way balances the warmth we have been getting year on year in summer and early winter.

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