How Much Snow Do We Normally Get A Year?

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By By Steve Pool

SEATTLE - Those who love snow will probably be scratching their heads at this answer, but Seattle, believe it or not, averages 11.7 inches of snow a year since 1948. If you factor since 1960 (which takes out the blizzards of the mid 50s), the average drops to 9.6 inches.

That happens to be exactly 9.6 inches more than what we got this winter, only just the second time ever that we didn't get any snow during a winter season. So, why the warm winters lately? It could be global warming, or it could just be a quick warm phase that will even out later. Don't forget, the Earth is 4.5 billion years old, so little ups and downs in climate over 10-50 years is nothing on a global time scale, and there is still a lot to be known about long-term climate.

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