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What's the Snowiest Snow Day in Your State?

By January 31, 2013

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I recently read an article on the greatest single-day snowfalls that have occurred in each of our 50 states. Any guesses as to which state has the highest daily snowfall? If you guessed Alaska (I did) then you're close! Colorado actually holds the current record of 63 inches (recorded in the city of Georgetown on December 4, 1913.) That's over 5 feet in one day! (Thompson Pass, Alaska is a close second with 62 inches on December 29, 1955.)

As one might expect, Florida and Hawaii are at the bottom of the list. But their daily snow values may not be as low as you think. In the island-state of Hawaii, the higher elevations (such as the summits of its three tallest volcanoes Mauna Loa, Mauna Kea, and Haleakala) actually do get snow. Since these locations aren't  outfitted with weather stations snowfall amounts aren't officially recorded, but on occasion, it's been documented by satellite and iWitness reports that as much as 5-6 inches of snow can fall there during a single event.

To find out more, visit the NCDC snow climatology and extremes page. You can also read the article here.

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