Buried Snow Records

Over the United States, daily snow records are normally set every season. Longer standing records depict very heavy amounts of snow due to historic storms.

The bench-mark for heavy snow In the U.S from an entire season was set back in 1998-1999 on Mt. Baker in Washington State. Ninety-five feet of powder fell, an astounding 1,140 inches over a several month span.

In terms of single storms, one must look back to the blizzard of 1967 for the Chicago, Ill., snowfall record. Here 23 inches of snow fell in under 24 hours, along with blizzard conditions.

This number pale in comparison to Silver Lake, Colo., which received 75.8 inches of snow back on April 14, 1921.

Oswego, N.Y., wins the race with the most snowfall in an hour at 9.1 inches. This took place on Jan. 26, 1972. In that same hour 2.4 inches fell in only 15 minutes!

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    After a cold, clear winter night without much wind, the ground and nearby tree branches may be covered by tiny, white ice crystals.

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This Day In Weather History

New England Coast (1898)
Famous "Portland" storm formed off Cape Cod with loss of 200 lives. Many others were lost to the raging sea in 50 small vessels. A total of 27 inches of snow in New London, CT; 15 inches at Waterbury, CT. Peak wind was 72 mph in Boston. Boston received more than a foot of snow.

Northeast (1938)
Second heavy snowfall in three days hits the region with 12 inches on the ground in NJ; 14 inches in NY; greatest November snow in New England since 1898.

Thailand (1988)
Nation devastated by terrible floods -- 400 people killed.