Seattle – Coldest February in 30 years

4th coldest in 75 years

“Through the 16th of February, Seattle is 8 degrees F below normal for the month,” says reader Chuck Clancy. “This is the 4th coldest first 16 days of February in the 75 years of records at Sea-Tac airport and the coldest in the last 30 years. The 3 years that were colder were 1989, 1949 and 1956.”

“This is according to the 3am discussion yesterday morning from the Seattle forecast office.”

“I bet they won’t publish it, but it really says it all,” says


California – Snow too deep to plow 

Skiers can’t reach resorts … 13½ feet (4.1 m) of snow this month alone … to the 15th of Feb … almost a foot a day. “Please stay home,” says sheriff.

Snow storms hammered California mountains for a fourth straight day, forcing closure of several routes to the Lake Tahoe ski-resort area, including about 70 miles (110 km) of I-80. Some resorts reported 3 feet (1 m) of snow since Thursday.

“Tahoe & Truckee are in whiteout conditions. All roads leading in & out of the basin are closed. S/R 267 is so deep that plows ca no longer plow. They have ordered up a large blower to try and clear the pass. I80 & Mt. Rose Highway are also closed. Please stay home,” warned Placer County sheriff Lt. Andrew Scott.

An additional 3 to 6 feet (1 to 2 m) of snow was expected

Meanwhile, California’s Mammoth Mountain, about 140 miles (225 km) southeast of Lake Tahoe, was about to break a more than 30-year record for monthly snowfall, resort spokesman Justin Romano said.

The resort has already received 163 inches (414 cm) of snow this month alone, just 5 inches shy of its snowfall record for the entire month of February, set in 1986.

See video from Placer County y sheriff Lt. Andrew Scott:

See tweet from Placer County y sheriff Lt. Andrew Scott:

Thanks to Don Wilkening for these links