Thursday night’s low temperature of 16 degrees tied the all-time record low for that day of the year, which last occurred in 1989.
But what readers really want to know is if Thursday or Friday’s snowfall broke any records.
The easy answer is no, but it’s a little more complicated than that, according to George Taylor of Applied Climate Services, a consulting firm.
For example, it’s not necessarily accurate to compare Philomath or Corvallis’s snowfall with the official record. The Hyslop Farm Weather Station, which lies between Corvallis and Albany, is the only local official weather station, and it generally receives less snow than western parts of Benton County.
Complicating matters, Taylor said, is timing. The station only records snowfall in 24-hour increments that start and end at 8 a.m.
That meant Thursday’s official snowfall, recorded between 8 a.m. Thursday and 8 a.m. Friday, was 7.5 inches — far below the 11-inch record, which was recorded on a day in December 1919, according to Taylor. However, Hyslop Farm weather recorders did note that the new snow fell atop 1.5 inches of old snow.
Nine inches is certainly nothing to scoff at.
Here’s a list of mid-valley snowfall statistics, courtesy of Taylor.
• 11 inches — the official record amount of snow during one day, or more accurately, one recording event between 8 a.m. and 8 a.m., which fell in December 1919.
• 51.9 inches — total snowfall during the month of January 1950.
• Oct. 31, 1935 — date of the earliest snowfall that the mid-valley’s ever recorded, which reached 4 inches.
• 12 inches — the amount of snowfall during one snow event in February 1993. It didn’t break the 24-hour record, though, because it happened over two recording days.