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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This Day In Weather History

Mauna Kea & Mauna Loa, HI (1990)
Heaviest snow on the tops of the Hawaiian volcanoes in 15 years. Snow drifted 6-10 feet.

New England (1717)
"The Great Snow" - 4 storms within a period of 10 days (from Feb 27 to March 7) that deposited about 36" in Boston area and about 48" to the north. Travelling or rural churchgoing was impossible for three weeks. Sheep were buried alive for 30 days.

Washington, DC (1909)
President Taft was inaugurated during a furious storm; 9.8" of wet snow disrupted travel and communications. The snow equalled 2.90" of water in 24 hours.