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Winter 2007-2008

Historical Context of the 2007-08 Winter

 

So far the Winter of 2007-08 has certainly been one to remember. The graph below shows the snowfall for the season so far, as well as comparing it to an average winter.

 

Of course, it's been a snowy winter in other parts of the Inland Northwest. Here's some similar seasonal snowfall graphs for other locations.
But at this point how does it stack up to previous winters in the Inland Northwest? There are several ways to look at it. Here are just a few.
 
40.0" of snow has fallen at Spokane International Airport during January 2007. This makes it the 4th snowiest January ever in Spokane.
January Snowfall
Year
56.9"
1950
48.7"
1969
46.5"
1954
40.0"
2008

 

What makes the 40" somewhat more impressive is that we haven't seen anything close to this in recent Januarys. However, Spokane did receive 42.7" of snow in December 1996, so it's been about 12 years since we've seen snowfall like this.

Recent January Snowfall
Year
23.3"

1982

22.7"

1996

21.3"
2000
20.3"
2004
18.8"
1993

 

For the winter so far, Spokane has received 63.0" of snowfall. This puts this winter 7th on the all-time list of snowiest winters through January 31st. Note that this doesn't mean that we're in the 7th snowiest winter ever. This is only through January 31st.

 

July - January Snowfall
Year
77.3"
1964-65
74.3"
1949-50
70.1"
1992-93
69.7"
1968-69
67.5"
1996-97
65.5"
1951-52
63.0"
2007-08

 

Since winter's not over, we'll have to wait and see how this year measures up to the snowiest winters. But even if we don't pick up any more snow for the rest of the season, 2007-08 would rank 20th on the list of snowiest winters dating back to 1881. Here's the list of the 10 snowiest winters. Note that 2 of the snowiest winters were from the 1990s.

 

Seasonal Snowfall
Winter
93.5"
1949-50
89.0"
1974-75
87.3"
1992-93
83.2"
1955-56
81.7"
1964-65
80.5"
1996-97
79.6"
1951-52
77.5"
1968-69
73.5"
1931-32
71.7"
1950-51

 

 
 
 

 

 

 
 
 

 


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