It’s no secret that weather is often brought up as a topic of conversation during small talk. And let’s be honest, it’s fun to talk about the weather! Okay, okay. That’s easy to say coming from a meteorologist! But have you ever wondered—especially this time of year—how early it has snowed in your hometown? Well now you can answer that question whether you’re at the dinner table with family or if you’re just wanting to look smart in front of your friends.
Visit THIS LINK courtesy of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. There are thousands of dots on the map representing weather observation sites, past and present. For more information about the data CLICK HERE.
For a sampling of what kind of information you’ll find, let’s take a look at the earliest snowfalls on record for a handful of cities throughout the northern United States.
On this list, the city of Denver wins for having the earliest snowfall. That happened on September 3rd in 1961. In contrast, New York City’s earliest snowfall occurred on October 21st in 1952 (that’s nearly 7 weeks later than Denver’s earliest snowfall). Even later is Seattle. The Emerald City’s earliest snowfall occurred on October 27th in 1971. Interestingly enough, the third-earliest snowfall in Seattle’s record-keeping history happened this year on November 5th.
What about your hometown? Let us know in the comments below!
–Meteorologist Joe Astolfi