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Winter recap (So far)

by Tom Sherry

KREM.com

Posted on October 19, 2009 at 1:11 PM

Spring arrives on March 20th but the last days of winter have been record breaking. We broke for 4 records in 3 days. March 10 we had 2 records broken. A new low temperature of 5 degrees beating the previous record low of 12 in 1950 and later that day we had a new low maximum temperature reaching only 21. The previous low max record was 26 also set in 1950. Then on march 11 another record low of 2 breaking the previous record of 7 set also in 1950. And on March 12 another record cold morning of 8 just eclipsing the previous low of 9 set in 1906. Wow, thats a lot of new weather records in a short time.
If you're also wondering where we are with snowfall totals we currently experiencing the 4th snowiest winter on record 88.8" Last year was the second snowiest winter ever with 92.5" and the most snowfall recorded ever in spokane the winter of 1949/50 with 93.5" of snow. Ironically our mountain snowpack is only about 80% of average. This due to a dry fall combined with our winter snowfall concentrated over a very short time. December 17-January 5. And that snowfall was very dry and light, not great for holding water. The good news is we usually pick up more mountain snow when our cool wet spring rains start so that will hopefully help the mountain snowpack.

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