Originally Posted by Phxguy
Last time Phoenix had a snow day was 3 years ago. But that was in the suburbs, every year in the mountains surronding Phoenix get blanketed with snow. Yuma, I doubt sees snow, and I know San Diego or L.A will never see snow.
When I did some research on this a few years ago I really learned two things:
1) Snow is the single most hyped weather element in the world (and always has been).
2) Statistical data, (like annual average snowfall, record snowfalls…etc) can be very, very, misleading.
Snow in the southern USA…. from California… east through the Gulf States… to the lower East Coast is very rare. Yes, with the exception of many parts of Florida...many areas above have had an occasions dusting of snow over the last 200 years or so. These rare snow events mostly occur on the coldest mornings when a rain shower changes to wet snow flakes briefly, and lasts for 60 or 90 minutes. However, the hype that surrounds these events creates such a misleading impression of the climate of these regions (even worse by people who don’t live in the USA)…that all sense of climatic reality can be lost. Snow in most of these locations is a 100 to 1 shot, and many younger people (less than 20 years old), likely have never seen snow in their life.
Over the last 150 years or so…these are the biggest snowstorms in the southern most cities. Keep in mind that every one of these cities gets zero snowfall annually – only the way numbers are spread over time produces a number (0.2 inches or whatever). This is a another example of how statistics can be misleading.
Greatest Snowstorms in Each City (1890 – 2010):
14.0 inches - Galveston, Texas - February, 1895. Mean Annual Snowfall – 0.2 inches.
12.0 inches – Las Vegas, Nevada - December, 1909. Mean Annual Snowfall – 0.9 inches.
8.2 inches – New Orleans, Louisiana – February, 1895. Mean Annual Snowfall – 0.1 inches.
6.8 inches – Tucson, Arizona - December, 1971. Mean Annual Snowfall – 1.0 inch.
6.6 inches – Charleston, South Carolina - December, 1989. Mean Annual Snowfall – 1.0 inch.
6.0 inches – Brownsville, Texas – Febuary – 1895. Mean Annual Snowfall – 0 (zero).
5.0 inches – Corpus Christi, Texas – January, 1897. Mean Annual Snowfall – 0.1 inches.
4.7 inches – Burbank/Los Angeles, CA - January, 1949. Mean Annual Snowfall – 0 (zero).
3.7 inches – San Francisco, CA – February, 1887. Mean Annual Snowfall – 0 (zero).
3.6 inches – Savannah, GA – December, 1989. Mean Annual Snowfall – 0.4 inches.
2.0 inches – Palm Springs, CA – January, 1930. Mean Annual Snowfall – 0.1 inches.
1.9 inches – Jacksonville, FL – February, 1899. Mean Annual Snowfall – 0 (zero).
1.5 inches – Yuma, AZ – December, 1932. Mean Annual Snowfall – 0 (zero).
1.0 inch –
1.0 inch - Phoenix, AZ - January, 1937. Mean Annual Snowfall – 0 (zero).
The following cities have never reported a measurable snowfall…but have reported a trace (T) of snow (meaning it was so little a ruler would not produce a number).
San Diego, CA (T-1949, T-1967)
Santa Barbara, CA (T-1939))
Orlando, Florida (T-1977)
Ft. Meyers, FL (T -1899)
Miami, FL (T-1977)
West Palm Beach (T-1977)
The following cities have no history of ever reporting any snow in the last 150 - 200 years:
Everglades City, FL
Key West, FL
Many more areas in Florida have never reported snowfall in 200 - 300 years.