The Salem News
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
doesn't go quietly
By Will Broaddus
yesterday's inch of snow, locals might have wondered whether winter
had followed them into spring.
Snowfall in December, January and February added up
to 91 inches, according to Salem meteorologist Arthur Francis — not
a record, but it definitely left an impression. The number to beat
is 138.8 inches, the total for the 1995-96 season, Francis said.
Yesterday's inch melted before most of it could
accumulate, Francis said, and odds are that winter is finally behind
us. With an average snowfall of 4.4 inches over the past 30 years,
April tends to live up to seasonal expectations.
There have been exceptions. Fifteen inches fell
during April in 1982, and in 1997, 18 inches fell on April 1, after
it started to snow on the night of March 31.
"That was that April Fool's Day blizzard, most in the
last 30 years," Francis said. "We had thunderstorms and the winds
were up to 74 miles per hour." (Jan. 12, 2011)