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The 2008–2009 Snow Report: A Repeat for the Northern Tier

Years from now, no one will be blamed for confusing the 2007–2008 and 2008–2009 snow seasons across the contiguous 48 states and Alaska. Nowhere is this more apparent than from the Pacific Northwest to the North Central states, where each season produced record snowfall totals. Even the timing of the two seasons was somewhat similar—each beginning slowly then quickly getting to business. Over the winter of 2008–2009, snow visited a wide range of locations, including the South. As reported each year in Weatherwise since the first Almanac Issue in February 1955, here is a month-by-month summary of notable snow events.

July 2008

The snow season started with Rainier Paradise, Washington, retaining a 115-inch cover from the previous season, with 25 inches remaining on July 31—both impressive amounts for July, even at this station. Traces of falling snow were observed on July 18 at the summit of Mount Washington, New Hampshire, and on several occasions in Barrow, Alaska, on the Arctic coast. Barrow was whitened with 0.9 inch on July 29.

DAVID A ROBINSON is chairman of the Department of Geography at Rutgers University and the New Jersey State Climatologist. He would like to thank colleagues in a number of state climate offices, regional climate centers, the National Climatic Data Center, National Weather Service offices, and especially Mathieu Gerbush, Jenell Walsh-Thomas, and Jacob Carlin at Rutgers University for assisting with information-gathering.

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