The 2010–2011 snow season across the United States was notable for deep accumulations of the white stuff from a plethora of storms and for hefty annual totals from the western mountains to the Plains to the coastal Northeast. As reported in Weatherwise each year since 1955, here is a month-by-month summary of notable snow events, totals, and oddities from this season with some big numbers.
The previous snow season continued at higher elevations, with Rainier Paradise, Washington, beginning the month with over six feet on the ground and finally losing its snowpack on July 24.
The only official snowfall reports across the nation were traces observed at Barrow, Alaska, on July 11, 13, and 19. Ruxton Park, Colorado (elevation 9050 feet), received 9.0 inches on July 9 with a daily maximum temperature of 57°F, a minimum of 24°F, and 1.60 inches of melted precipitation (either very wet snow or a combination of wet snow and rain). Rainer Paradise, Washington, began the month with a 73-inch snow cover, which melted away by July 25.
Traces of snow fell at Barrow, Alaska, on August 29 and 30, and at Lake Yellowstone, Wyoming, on August 31 in what was a very quiet snow month, even for August.
DAVID A. ROBINSON is a professor in the Department of Geography at Rutgers University and the New Jersey State Climatologist.