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Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Snowfall Records- 1920s and 1930s

A potent storm off of the Carolina coast will provide rain today. Follow the maps in the TV Graphics Radars and Maps Tabs. Today I continue my series on snowfall records by the decades. I often hear people saying it snowed so much more in the past than it does today. Christmas just passed with sunny skies and dry ground. It should be noted that we average a white Christmas once every five years, and our last one was back in 2002. We are running about normal.
Below are the snowfall records for the 1930s and 1940s. You'll notice the '20s had some big years (ending in '22- 44.4", and ending in '24- 33.6"), but the decade was nearly 2 inches below the average since 1883.
Snowfall did go up a bit in the 1930s. This is my favorite decade of comparison for current weather. This was the dust bowl era! For the decade, they had about 1 inch above the average. You will see quite a few snowy winters. Also two winters with less than 10 inches of snow! The hottest year on record in the US was 1934, yet one of the top snowiest years was 1934 with 47.9". This is quite similar to 2002-2003. We had one of the top 5 hottest years, and the #2 season with 58.1" of snow.

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