Did Oregon’s rare April snow break weather records? Yep, here’s a few

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The chance of measurable snow on the floor of the Willamette Valley goes down considerably by April. Snow in the hills? Sure. But it is “very rare” for snow to fall down to the valley floor, as it did April 11, 2022, the National Weather Service said.

In much of the Portland/Vancouver metro area, this is the latest measurable snow in the spring. Here is the record report from the Portland weather service office for Monday’s snow:

For PORTLAND AIRPORT (1941-2022), this snow was…

** Most ever in the month of April, with 1.6 inches

** Latest in spring to have more than a trace of snow (prior record was 0.3 inch on 25 March 1965)

** Only time have had measurable snow in April (this record was immediately broken Tuesday, when 0.3 inch of snow was recorded at the airport. That was is the only measurable snowfall on April 12 ever recorded.

For DOWNTOWN PORTLAND (1874-2022), this snow was…

** 2nd most snow recorded in April, with 2.0 inches (most was 5.4 inches back on 1 April 1936)

** Latest in spring to have more than a trace of snow (prior record was 0.1 inch on 10 April 1903)
** Only the 8th time measurable snow fell in April
For TROUTDALE (1948-2022), this snow was…

** Most ever in the month of April, with ~3 inches

** Latest in spring to have more than a trace of snow (prior record was 0.2 inch on 27 March 1950)

** Only time have had measurable snow in April

For VANCOUVER AIRPORT (1895-2022), this snow was…

** Most ever in the month of April, with 2-3 inches

** Latest in spring to have more than a trace of snow (prior record was 0.7 inch on 31 March 1936)

** Only time have had measurable snow in April

For HILLSBORO AIRPORT (1929-2022), this snow was…

** Most ever in the month of April, with ~3 inches

** Latest in spring to have more than a trace of snow (prior record was 2.5 inches on 1 April 1936)

** Only the 2nd time measureable snow fell in April

Only the Portland International Airport and downtown Portland have onsite snow measurements. The dates refer to when official recordings at the site began. Snowfall data for other sites are estimates.

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