Italy Snow Drama & Another Northwest Ski Resort Closes

There has been talk, and lots of video, of a “record-setting” snowfall in the mountains of central Italy.  Media reports say 100.8″ fell in 24 hours and there are all sorts of proclamations that A NEW WORLD RECORD HAS BEEN SET!!!!

Is it a new world record?  Could be, but the WMO doesn’t keep extreme snowfall records so there is no “official” value.  The two most commonly accepted 24 hour records are in Japan and Colorado here in the USA:


A new wrinkle showed up online this evening.  USA Today is reporting that the official total was only around 3 ft. and residents measured the 100.8″ in drifts!  If so, this will be another stunning example of how bad information can suddenly become “reality” in our digital age.  I did notice in the video that the roofs don’t have much snow.  Shouldn’t there be feet of snow up there? Hmmm…

We’ll see as the drama unfolds…


Meanwhile, another Cascade ski resort has closed.  The snowiest one in the Pacific Northwest, Mt. Baker, is closing until they get more snow.

We have a lot of rain headed for Mt. Hood Saturday and Sunday and this may put Timberline and Meadows in a real pinch. The last 7 days that have been warm and sunny, it rained up there this evening, warm and sunny returns through Friday, then warm rain for two days this weekend.  We might get into a situation where those resorts have to shuttle skiers higher on the mountain for skiing and use the lowest lifts for transport only.

Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen

17 Responses to Italy Snow Drama & Another Northwest Ski Resort Closes

  1. chiefWright (Marquam) says:

    This is an interesting read (if you’re using Chrome). For no other reason than illustrating how Google translate is getting better:

    I won’t comment on latin inferiority complex that seems to pervade this page.

    But the description of the extremely favorable conditions for good orographics in the Appinnes seems to be spot on. A warm Mediterranean means a hell of a lot of moisture, plus a cold continental airmass in just the right location could mean a pretty massive dump of frozen precip.

    And if there was a lot of drifting, that could also indicate a lot of wind during the snow event that kept the roof areas from true accumulation. And a photograph in a flat, unobstructed area that would indicate true snow depth would’t show a damn thing. A plain of flat white. Duh.

    It’s unfortunate they don’t seem to have consistent nor verifiable records. But I certainly would not reject this claim on photographic evidence.

  2. The latest at Paradise on Mount Rainier. It is not looking anymore grand than Timberline for this time of the year.

  3. Jason Hougak says:

    Just bizarre that the King of 98-99 season snowfall records closes as Hawaiian Volcanoes get hammered by a blizzard. Yes they are over 13K feet and get snow but usually not by such intense storms. 5-8″ with winds 85mph!

  4. Garron near Washington square says:

    Are they using metric inches? It occurs to me that 39 inches is about a 100 centimeters. And that looks more like what they saw….

  5. Ted Berry says:

    who cares?

  6. W7ENK says:

    Yeah, I don’t buy it.

    Our mountains could use some of that, though. Things are looking really sad up there right now.

  7. chiefWright (Marquam) says:

    Anybody speak Italian? Wonder if there’s the equivalent of SNOTEL in central Italy.

  8. Brian Leroy says:

    00z WRF is showing up to a foot of new snow by Monday for the north cascades so that some good news on the way.

  9. schmit44 says:

    3/11/2015 Oregon (All) Temperature Summary

    High:68 at AC7WN Hermiston( 497 ft) & CW1244 Pendleton(1145 ft) & CW4888 Pendleton(1066 ft) & UMATILLA RIVER N(362 ft)
    Low: 56 at HEPP(311 ft) & BROOKS(187 ft)

    High:37 at Mount Hood Meado(6601 ft)
    Low: 27 at CROW FLAT (5172 ft )

    Largest Diurnal Change: 24 degrees
    HEREFORD (59/35 ) (3599 ft )

    Heaviest Rainfall:
    1.04″ at EW4856 Brookings(1365ft)

  10. schmit44 says:

    No way that much snow fell in Italy. Elevation is 4577 at the village where they reported that.

    • Eugene Dave says:

      Agreed. Looking at the youtube linked above, it looks more like a 4 foot snowfall with deeper drifts. 100″ is 8 feet of snow everywhere. It wasn’t close to that in the video.

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