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The Northern Tier Rules: The 2007-2008 Snow Report

The 2007-2008 snow season across the contiguous 48 states and Alaska was slow leaving the gate, but the picture changed significantly once December 2007 arrived. The shift was particularly noticeable in the northern states, but even Hawaii had a white Christmas. The remaining months of the season saw a string of storms came from the mountainous West, often finding their way into the Great Lakes and Northeast. Meanwhile, the coastal storm track was mostly closed for business in the Middle Atlantic and Southeast. Spring snow was on the heavy side, with a June storm dropping unusually late flakes in the West. By season’s end, record or near-record maximum snowfall totals were achieved at observing stations in the Northwest, Great Lakes, and northern New England.           

July 2007
The tail end of the previous snow season continued into July. Rainier Paradise, Washington, began the month with 29 inches on the ground, only to lose measurable snow cover by the 8th. The 6,288-foot summit station at Mount Washington, New Hampshire, received 0.2 inches and 0.1 inches on the 1st and 2nd, respectively. Snow failed to accumulate at any observing station in Alaska during the month.     

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