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Old 05-12-2011, 02:34 PM
 
Location: Pasadena, CA
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Default Northernmost Snow-free location?

By snow-free, I don't mean a place that has never seen any snow in recorded history.. I mean a place that has had a cumulative snowfall over the last 100 years of 1m or less (averaging 1cm of snow per year or less.) So places like San Francisco and Los Angeles are snow-free by this definition although they've seen traces of snow in modern history.
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Old 05-12-2011, 03:11 PM
 
Location: Western Massachusetts
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Northernmost I found with (< 1 cm/year) in the US is Gold Beach on the southern Oregon coast. It's at 42 degrees 24 minutes.

GOLD BEACH RANGER STN, OREGON - Climate Summary

I'd imagine there's somewhere snow free in NW Europe that's further north. Maybe Italy or SW France? I think anywhere north of 42 north inland or the east coast of Asia or North America would record > 1 cm of snow /year.
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Old 05-12-2011, 03:14 PM
 
Location: Yorkshire, England
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If you're talking worldwide I think somewhere on or just off the British southwest/Irish west coast could be a contender. The Scilly Isles at 49N averages lying snow once every eight years so probably wouldn't have had 100cm in the last 100 years, but there are no aggregate records kept. Galway in Ireland is at 52N or thereabouts and might only just average 1cm lying snow a year, though I don't know if the Irish keep snow depth records either.
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Old 05-12-2011, 03:15 PM
 
Location: Buxton, England
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Hmmm. My greenhouse never seems to get the snow. Maybe because it never gets below freezing in there

It snows everywhere in the garden except in there, so I suppose it's doing its job properly. And I guess it stops plants dying.
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Old 05-12-2011, 03:59 PM
 
Location: Western Massachusetts
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If you're talking worldwide I think somewhere on or just off the British southwest/Irish west coast could be a contender. The Scilly Isles at 49N averages lying snow once every eight years so probably wouldn't have had 100cm in the last 100 years, but there are no aggregate records kept. Galway in Ireland is at 52N or thereabouts and might only just average 1cm lying snow a year, though I don't know if the Irish keep snow depth records either.
I had assumed the UK wouldn't count, after hearing all the stories of snow. Sounds like most of the UK would average more than a few cm of snow?
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Old 05-12-2011, 04:09 PM
 
Location: Surrey, London commuter belt
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London doesn't usually see more than 2-3cm of snow in an average year. When I was at uni in Southampton I saw 2cm of snow in 4 years, all of it in Feb 2009.
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Old 05-12-2011, 04:20 PM
 
Location: Paris
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For coastal SW France and Italy, even though snowless winters are not uncommon, they do get decent snowfalls from time to time (especially coastal Italy).


Here are a couple pics from Arcachon, maybe one of the least snowy towns in France, back in 1956:
http://img.over-blog.com/292x300/3/57/22/44/devant-les-Galeries.jpg
http://mameteo.wifeo.com/images/voitures-Arcachon-fevrier-1956.jpg

Regardless of how frequent snow is there, I think a place that can get such a layer cannot qualify as snowless.
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Old 05-12-2011, 05:21 PM
 
Location: Toronto
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I wonder how much snow the Faroe islands get?
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Old 05-13-2011, 01:10 AM
 
Location: Yorkshire, England
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I wonder how much snow the Faroe islands get?
I don't know, but more than 1cm a year. Every time the wind comes from the north in wintertime the Shetlands get it (but it doesn't last long), so the Faroes would be snowier.

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I had assumed the UK wouldn't count, after hearing all the stories of snow. Sounds like most of the UK would average more than a few cm of snow?
If we are taking current 20-year trends and extrapolating them to the last 100 years then some SW coastal fringes might just about average under 1cm a year, but over the last 100 years I'd be very surprised if anywhere in the mainland UK did. The Scllies are another matter, and even though there's no data I know of I'd bet the SW coast of Ireland qualifies, more so if there are any offshore islands I don't know of.
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Old 05-14-2011, 05:46 AM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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Somewhat related, but some stations in Cornwall have record lows of about -5c or so! They are probably no snowier than somewhere like Coos Bay or Charlotte, NC.
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