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Snowfall Records for December 2008

Updated on October 26, 2014

Snowfall Shows Global Cool Down in 2008-2009

All over the world, the weather has been a bit weird. There seems to be a cool down, despite the Global warming. In fact according to the Old Farmer's Almanac: Global cooling may be underway for winter 2008-2009. The Farmer's Almanac claims an accuracy rating near 80%. That is more than we can say for most weather reporters.

Snow Lining the Road and Trees

From the Farmer's Almanac

This information is taken right off the Farmer's Almanac site

"For 2008-2009, we are forecasting a 'numbing' winter, with below-average temperatures for at least two thirds of the country," reveals Farmers' Almanac weather guru Caleb Weatherbee in the publication's 2009 edition, which hits newsstands on August 26, 2008.

"Only the Far West and Southeast will see near-normal temperatures. Few, if any, locations will enjoy many above-normal temperature days this upcoming season."

The Farmers' Almanac is also calling for heavy snow in the Great Lakes and Plains regions this winter, with a rainy season in the South, and close to normal precipitation in most other regions of the country.

Editor Peter Geiger says the combination of skyrocketing prices for home heating fuel and the bone-chilling cold predicted for the coming winter could be "catastrophic."

"There's no doubt in my mind that this winter is going to be devastating for a lot of people. Anyone hoping for a break this year is going to have to dig in and dig deep into their wallets," says Geiger."

Breaking Snowfall records for December 2008

Winter Hell!

It is said that Winter 2008-2009 will be the snowiest in years. Here is a partial list of some of the breaking snowfall records for December 2008.

Winter Streets at Night

Green Bay, WI snow for Dec. 2008 (according to the Green Bay Press-Gazette)

48.9 inches: December snowfall record buried the previous record of 36.4 inches, set in December 1887.

Spokane, WA Winter

Spokane, WA set a monthly record for snowfall, at 59.7 inches. The old record of 42.7 inches was set in 1996.

Bismarck, N.D. Looking at Bridge

Bismarck, N.D. broke the record in December for snow totaling 33.3 inches. That tops the record of 31.1 inches set in March 1975.

Las Vegas Had Snow during the 2008-2009 Winter

Las Vegas gets record Dec. snowfall, 3.6 inches. School district calls off classes for first time in 30 years and flights canceled. It was biggest December snowfall on record there, and the worst for any month since a 7 1/2 -inch accumulation in January 1979.

Sellwood Bridge, Portland, Oregon Snowfall

Sellwood Bridge, Portland, Oregon

Portland, OR snowfall for Dec. 2008 totaled 18.9 inches. December also marked the second-snowiest month in Portland's recorded history, bested only by the remarkable 41 inches of snow that fell on the Rose City in January, 1950.

Houston, TX, snow ties 64 year old record on Dec 11, 2008.

Coeur d'alene, ID, 25.0 in. Dec 18, 2008. This broke the record of 16.0 in. Feb. 26, 1955.

Eustis, ME, 41.8 in. Dec 22, 2008. This broke the record of 29.8 in in. Feb. 15, 2007.

When Winter Attacks

Lock your doors and board up your windows

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Global Warming or Global Cooling

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© 2009 Sandy Mertens

Did your City or State break a snowfall record for Dec. 2008? - Don't Chill out...Leave a Comment! Let me know you were here!

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      9 years ago

      Good for people who like the cold. Check this out ...

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      Virginia Allain 

      9 years ago from Central Florida

      Well, the winter of 2010-2011 may be as bad for some people. They better settle for the term "climate change" since people get confused by global warming.

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      10 years ago

      My dear ... a thought ... you need to promote this lens for us sufferers in Florida in the mid-Summer heat and humidity ... I'm thinking it would and could be a good thing!

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      momto4 lm 

      11 years ago

      We didn't break any records last year. I think the most we had was maybe 6 or 7 inches. I couldn't imagine having 59 inches of snow!

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      Mary Beth Granger 

      11 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      Your title intrigued me so I had to check this lens. Good job 5* I enjoyed this lens.

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      Zut Moon 

      11 years ago

      Back about 6 years ago now, Halifax (here in Eastern Canada) got nailed by what is referred to as White Juan. A few months before, we got hit by a high Cat 2 hurricane (Juan) which toppled thousands and thousands of tress but only caused 2 deaths. Then came White Juan ..dumping 36 inches of snow on us in 39 hours ..worse I ever saw. We couldn't get out for 3 or 4 days. Funny things is you folks down in the USA say we send you all the bad weather...Did you know that most of our snow storms come up from the USA. That's true.

      Nice photos but I do have a problem with the Las Vegas one. How did the Sphinx get there and it does look like it has been restored ??? (LMAO)

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      Tony Payne 

      11 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Very nice lens Sandy, 5***** It definitely was a cold winter, except in Florida! Not as warm as last year, but not the coldest either. The English Channel froze in January, the first time I remember this happening, and much of Europe wad far more snow than normal and bitter cold. Scary isn't it.

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      Evelyn Saenz 

      11 years ago from Royalton

      Beautiful photos! Even here in Miami the weather was colder than normal. One night it even go down in the 30's.

      Wintertime is a wonderful time to spend with kids. We love to measure the depth of the snow.

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      11 years ago

      Nice lens, interesting info and images - I'm lensrolling you to my lens about ice sculptures. :)

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      11 years ago

      I confess that I have only really once seen what I consider to be a serious amount of snow - on vacation in Colorado. It was fun for a couple of days but I really don't think I could live anywhere with lots of snow!

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      11 years ago

      Yes, Michigan had the most snow since the early 1900s for the month of December, and we're still getting it! Great lens.

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      rewards4life info 

      11 years ago

      Nice and interesting and the pictures are amazing. In England we rarely have snow and this year has been no different, it's nice seeing it, brings back memories...

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      11 years ago

      Realy interesting lens, Enjoyed reading this.


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      11 years ago

      Thanks for joining G Rated Lense Factory!

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      11 years ago

      Hi, Great lens, thanks for sharing. I especially enjoyed the imagery. We've only had a few snow events so far this winter, nothing noteworthy. At least from this meteorology major's perspective. :)


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      11 years ago

      It'd good news for penguins - shame it's the wrong hemisphere. :-)

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      11 years ago

      Hi Sandy, great lens. I don't have a place to put any snow here in NC.

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      Sandy Mertens 

      11 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      [in reply to WindyWinters] Even though I am living in the mid-west, I grew up in Washington State. I have visited Canada a few times, especially Vancouver. Beautiful area!

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      11 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Sandy, your lens is absolutely Fabulous! Great Job! 5* Impressive snowflakes designs. Really, snow in Vegas, wow! Who would have known. Burr, snow in was sunny 91 degrees when we visited in August. Here on Vancouver Island we have been snowbound for 3 weeks (since Dec 17). I refuse to shovel! again! Cheers :)

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      11 years ago

      wow look at those pictures

    • SandyMertens profile imageAUTHOR

      Sandy Mertens 

      11 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      [in reply to HomeTowne_Market] Don't you just love the snow belt states!

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      11 years ago

      The weather here in Michigan has been intense this winter already, we had our first significant snowfall in mid October and we never do that. It's going to be a long, cold, ugly winter. Great lens!

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      11 years ago

      Wow! Hope it is a sign our planet is slowing in global warming. Great lens on this topic. It had snowed here where I live to, quite a few times.

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      nightbear lm 

      11 years ago

      I live in the Detroit, Metro Area, our average for this time of year is 44 inches. We have already had 42! Wow, Great lens.

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      11 years ago

      Great lens. I grew up with lots of snow. The really funny thing is it was 66 degrees today where I live, and that's unusual!! Not much snow yet either...I keep reading how the country is getting dumped on, but none for us yet. Thanks for reminding me how pretty, but how much of a pain it can be! :)

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      11 years ago

      Great lens. I grew up with lots of snow. The really funny thing is it was 66 degrees today where I live, and that's unusual!! Not much snow yet either...I keep reading how the country is getting dumped on, but none for us yet. Thanks for reminding me how pretty, but how much of a pain it can be! :)

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      11 years ago from Surrey, United Kingdom

      I enjoyed your lens :) No record snowfall here in Ohio...YET! But, give it time, I'm sure our turn will come lol. 5*s


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