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Wednesday, April 1, 2009

The winter that was

Contrary to assumptions, North Idaho's record snowfall from the winter of 2007-08 has not been bested this year. The confusion comes from neighboring Spokane setting a new record. Spokane's International Airport (30 miles west of the Idaho stateline) broke its seasonal snowfall record set back in 1949-50 of 93.5 inches by reaching 93.6 inches in the early morning hours of Monday, March 30.
In Coeur d'Alene, our seasonal snowfall is currently second only to last winter's total of 172.9 inches at 137.9 inches. Our combined two-season total back-to-back winters of 2007-08 and 2008-09 is now an incredible 310.8 inches, easily topping the 222.6 inches of 1915-16 and 1916-17. More light snows are likely between now and April 10 when warmer temperatures should arrive.
Bottom line: we'd need another 3 feet of snowfall to break last year's record in North Idaho!
*thanks to Cliff Harris for the data!

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