Last month was one of the coldest, wettest and snowiest months on record in Northern California, smashing a myriad of winter-weather records across the state.
The Bay Area’s tallest peak at 4,265 feet, Mt. Hamilton recorded 38.1 inches of snow in February, breaking the previous record of 33.6 inches set in January, 1950, according to the National Weather Service in Monterey.
Weather records for Mt. Hamilton date back to 1948.
At Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows in the Tahoe area, 315 inches (or 26.25 feet) of snow fell during February, breaking the ski resort’s all-time record for snow in any month.
In Santa Rosa, 17.15 inches of rain fell last month, ranking as the second wettest February since records began in 1902, according to the weather service.
And precipitation at eight key weather stations was the third wettest on record with 21.70 inches, according to the California-Nevada River Forecast Center.
For a more detailed look at the influx of Cosmic Rays and the resulting increase in cloud cover and precipitation, click here and scroll to the section ‘Cloud Seeding’.
As the sun continues its slide into the next Grand Solar Minimum, global average temperatures are expected to trend colder — more and more of that additional precipitation will be falling as snow.