Historic March Snowstorm Along Oregon Coast

“Many residents along the coastline of Oregon awoke Tuesday morning to no power, downed trees, closed roads and as much as 8″ of snow in a rare one-two punch. This storm will likely go down in the record books as one of the largest coastal snowstorms in the month of March ever recorded at some locations. Records date back to the late 1800′s along the Oregon coast. The last coastal snowstorm of this size in the month of March was in 1951 when between 4″ and 8″ inches of snow fell.”

See entire article by Steve Pierce, President, Oregon Chapter of the American Meteorological Society:
http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/03/13/historic-march-snowstorm-along-oregon-coastline/

Thanks to Thomas McHart and Thomas Loher in Germany for this link


16 thoughts on “Historic March Snowstorm Along Oregon Coast”

  1. I lived 52 years in oregon. Significant snow on the coast is rare. So this much late in the season is quite unusual.

  2. We’ve been seeing snowfalls in meters in the Balkans and environs this winter. Each meter is nearly 40 times greater than an inch. Yes, today it’s a heavy & record snowfall — for the NW coast. But just single-digit inches.

    The genuine disaster is 3 to 5 meters at once, which has buried hundreds of small towns — where I presume the authorities will be extracting the dead for months to come. It is ALREADY glacially disastrous there!

    Heed the heart of the problem. One year, Europe. The next — North America?

  3. Why oh why is it like July here in northern Illinois? I’ve lived here for decades and I’ve never seen it so warm so early in the year. It’s not just Illinois, high temperature records are being obliterated across most of the country, from the Great Plains all the way to the east coast.

    There will never be another ice age for as long as human civilization stands. A single chloroflourocarbon factory is more than enough to offset any natural cooling toward an ice age.

    • A single major volcano eruption does more harm than any human chloroflouocarbon factory. Watch the “jet stream”. If it is above your area you will be warm. If it is below you will be cold. I grew up in Illinois in the 50’s and 60’s (Sycamore). We had very cold, snowy winters every year. It’s a cycle. That weather will come back. Just because the United States has had a warm winter this year doesn’t mean it won’t get hit like Italy, the Balkan nations, Turkey, etc., next year. Of course, there is no way of predicting when another ice age will start. Maybe in our lifetime, maybe in 1,000 years. Better to have warm weather than an ice age anyway.

      • I wasn’t implying that the record warm spell is being caused entirely by global warming. Rather, I was demonstrating sarcastically why it’s ludicrous to use a single snowstorm in one small region of the planet as prove of an imminent ice age when the places running warmer than average (eg, most of the United States) far outweigh the places that are cooler than average.

    • Too many people like you look at their region and believe it is like that everywhere else as well. It’s not! Even though Southern Manitoba and a large part of Canada have experienced an extremely rare mild winter I keep a worried eye on Russia’s, Europe’s, the Middle East’s and North Africa’s record cold winter. Not to mention much of the Southern Hemisphere’s record cold summer. Put in perspective, North America’s mild winter is an abberation which won’t last long. Global Cooling will overtake us as well sooner rather than later.

    • How then did so many Amer. ski areas offer Fourth-Of-July downhill skiing last summer, for the very first time ever? Where’s the “offset of natural cooling” there? The cold certainly won in America in 2011. As kids in South Dakota, we knew a mid-winter warm snap meant terrible cold and snow was truly on its way. So, on a larger scale, what does a sudden whole-season warm snap mean? It’ll be brutal next year. Did you not read about the current killer winter all across the Old World? A far larger east-west spread than North America. Eastern USA was the minor exception to the global trend this year. America is not the world. And weather is not climate.

  4. There will never be another ice age for as long as human civilization stands. A single chloroflourocarbon factory is more than enough to offset any natural cooling toward an ice age. Please this is serious stuff!!! No jokes!!

    • “What goes up must come down!” ash,chemicals,radioactive fallout,and yes!carbon dioxide! If it didn’t there wouldn’t be any plant life.

    • Are you being sarcastic? I can’t tell. If you aren’t you should know that the major source of co2 in the atmosphere is the result of respiration of trillions of bacteria in the soil. That’s right your compost pile puts out a huge amount of co2.
      And since its doing it 24 hours a day 365 days a year its possible that it makes more than your car that is only being run for a couple of hours a day. Some days not at all. Anyway co2 is not warming the atmosphere.

    • Come back in 2-3 years and let’s see what you’ll have to say then. Yes, this new cooling *is* very serious and the fact that people are not preparing for (at least) a new little Ice Age, makes it even more dramatic indeed.
      For while, people believe what they want and they have their minds made up by the “warmist” crowd.
      But lies have short legs and sooner or later the truth will necessarily come out, hopefully without any catastrophic food shortage worldwide.
      You know, don’t you, that even the Bielderberg meeting of 2010 had “global cooling” as one of its topics:

      http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/jamesdelingpole/100055500/global-cooling-and-the-new-world-order/

      The “elite” is preparing, are we?

  5. Over the last few years I have noticed how the weather has changed…
    It seems to be swinging to the extremes…when it’s hot, it’s hotter than usual, when it’s wet, it’s wetter, etc.
    We have series of storms that come in waves around this time of year…spring wind storms that trim all the trees and cause mudslides and sinkholes in the roads.
    This year it is the same, except the weather has swung to the extremes…near or below freezing at night and higher than normal highs during the days that it is sunny, between the storms. This year Spring and Summer are battling it out…flowers and trees are budding and blooming, but the bees are not out. If the storm is harsh enough, we are getting snow. I remember growing up in the coastal range…the time of year we got snow was right around Christmas…not in the spring. To me, there seems to be more moisture in the air…the seasons are being shook up, ahead of time or delayed…

  6. Looks like the northern half of the Oregon Coast might be getting more snow tonight (16MAR2012).

    Just issued!

    URGENT – WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE

    NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PORTLAND OR

    210 PM PDT FRI MAR 16 2012

    …SNOW IS EXPECTED IN THE WILLAPA HILLS AND NORTH OREGON COAST

    RANGE LATER TONIGHT AND SATURDAY MORNING…

    .A LOW PRESSURE CENTER WILL BE MOVING NORTH THROUGH THE WILLAMETTE

    VALLEY TONIGHT. WEST OF THE LOW CENTER A BAND OF PRECIPITATION IS

    EXPECTED TO FORM WITH LOW SNOW LEVELS. SEVERAL INCHES OF SNOW ARE

    EXPECTED IN THE WILLAPA HILLS AND NORTH OREGON COAST RANGE FROM

    THIS BAND.

    …WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 11 PM THIS EVENING TO

    9 AM PDT SATURDAY FOR THE COAST RANGE OF NORTHWEST OREGON AND THE

    WILLAPA HILLS OF SOUTHWEST WASHINGTON…

    THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN PORTLAND HAS ISSUED A WINTER

    WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 11 PM THIS

    EVENING TO 9 AM PDT SATURDAY.

    * TIMING…BEGINNING AROUND MIDNIGHT AND CONTINUING THROUGH MID

    MORNING SATURDAY.

    * ACCUMULATION/SNOW LEVELS…SNOW LEVELS WILL LOWER TO BELOW 1000

    FEET BY MIDNIGHT TONIGHT. SNOW AMOUNTS OF 3 TO 7 INCHES ARE

    EXPECTED.

    * IMPACTS…ROADS THROUGH THE COAST RANGE PASSES WILL LIKELY

    BECOME SNOW COVERED AND ICY TONIGHT AND SATURDAY MORNING.

    PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

    A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW

    WILL CA– USE PRIMARILY TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR SNOW

    COVERED ROADS AND LIMITED VISIBILITIES…AND — USE CAUTION WHILE

    DRIVING.

  7. Just heard from a friend in Tillamook, OR this morning that they have two inches of snow on the ground.

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