Seattle – Snowiest February in 70 years

Also record cold.

This is already the city’s snowiest February since 1949 and another two rounds of snow are on the way, according to AccuWeather.

The next storm, with 1-2 inches of snow, is forecast to hit late this afternoon. Another 3-6 inches is expected on Monday afternoon into Tuesday.

The first storm, on Friday night into Saturday, dumped 6-10 inches of snow on the area, emptied grocery story shelves, shuttered schools and made travel treacherous.

Seattle normally averages only 0.7 inch of snow during the entire month of February.

The snow has been accompanied by record cold.

High temperatures were expected in the upper 20s to low 30s (Fahrenheit), with wind chills from 17 to 22 degrees.
Thanks to Jack Hydrazine for this link

This website calls it “record snowfall.”
Thanks to Clay Olson for this link

National Weather Service – Seattle put out a couple of tweets about the storm that are interesting to read:
Most snow in February in 70 years:

Coldest February low temperature in 30 years:
Thanks to H.B. Schmidt for these two links

14 thoughts on “Seattle – Snowiest February in 70 years”

  1. The linked article does not mention the first snowfall of the month for the Seattle area starting late in the evening on Super Bowl Sunday. SeaTac (KSEA) shows 3″ split between 2/4 and 2/5/19. We had 4″ out here in SE King County, and shaded areas had not melted off before Friday’s storm. Lingering snow, or multiple snowfalls during a cold snap are pretty unusual in the PNW. At least they used to be. But unlike a couple of presidential candidates, we know to come inside during horrible weather.

  2. Presidential Candidate Amy Talks About Global Warming BUT, Looks Like a Snowman by the End of Her Minnesota Speech
    …Trump snapped back: ‘Well, it happened again. Amy Klobuchar announced that she is running for President, talking proudly of fighting global warming while standing in a virtual blizzard of snow, ice and freezing temperatures. Bad timing. By the end of her speech she looked like a Snowman(woman)!,’ he wrote on Twitter.

    Klobuchar did mention climate change in her remarks, vowing to reverse the president’s policies when it comes to the environment.

    ‘The people are on our side when it comes to climate change,’ she said as snow poured down around her. ‘Why? Because like you and I, they believe in science. That’s why, in the first 100 days of my administration, I’ll reinstate the gas standard mileage and put sweeping legislation to invest in green jobs and infrastructure. And we will enter into a mutual climate agreement…’

  3. Notice at the bottom of the USA piece they mention a ‘winter storm warning’ for Hawaii. WTH?? Sounds like global weirding to me.

    • Sounds like global weirding to me.

      Hawaii gets winter storms warnings nearly every year, especially since the NWS changed their definitions to “more streamline” the alerts—apparently different watches/warnings such as “freezing rain”, “lake effect” etc. were too difficult for people to understand.

      This was a remarkable storm for Hawaii—possibly record breaking:
      But it’s not “weirding” any more than it is to have a warm air injection all the way to the North Pole that AGW alarmists claim is “unprecedented” and “evidence” of climate change.

  4. misquoting monty python
    tis but a small cold snap sirrah!
    at least they didnt manage the “unprecedented” claims
    or the “in living memory” one either

  5. I make that February 1949 three year from Solar minimum between SC17 and SC18, and thre years after the end of the 70 years Gleissberg period 1880 to 1946.
    SC17 energy output was slightly more that SC20.
    Once again Low levels of UV and Meridonial Blocking Systems play a major role.
    An earlier winter 1947, just as the rise to max of comenced for the UK and Europe caused one of the worst winters for Snow and Ice since the harsh winters of the early 1900s.

  6. Hawaii recorded what may be the lowest elevation snow in state history

    Winter weather wreaks havoc across county
    Snow, ice close down Haleakala summit; wind, rain, cold bring widespread effects

    How much snow is there in Tahoe? Big rigs are hauling it away at this ski resort

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