Snow Trivia

The answer to my Facebook poll on Charlottesville's latest snowfall, with some interesting facts about April snow!

To say snow in the month of April is unusual is true, but it's certainly not unprecedented! Looking back over 85 years of records from McCormick Observatory in Charlottesville, we have had 18 different snow events in the month of April!

The largest April snowfall to ever affect Charlottesville was when 3" fell on April 13, 1959. Believe it or not, this doesn't go down in the books as our latest snow on record. That glory goes to the snowfall event of April 21, 1953 when 1.5" of snow blanketed Charlottesville. For those of you who picked April 21 in the Facebook poll, you guessed right!

Interestingly, the longest an April snow has ever stuck around is two days. The high sun angle, combined with quick warming trends usually promote rapid melting of any spring snow. After the chance for a rain and snow mix on Thursday night, we should be in the clear as we approach next week. In fact, I'm turning my attention to a stormy threat by next Tuesday...More on that to come.

Brantley

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