Was a week with snow on the ground unusual for Eugene?

Was a week with snow on the ground unusual for Eugene?
Shadows on the snow. Photo courtesy Linda Trunnell

EUGENE, Ore. - Can you remember ever having snow on the ground as long as the December 6 snow stuck around?

The National Weather Service said recent snow depth records are hard to come by. The National Weather Service put an Automated Surface Observing System in operation in Eugene in the mid-1990s.

But before that automation, Eugene weather watchers kept snowfall and snow depth observations dating back to 1913.

The longest runs with 1 inch or more on the ground was 19 days in January and February of 1969 and 18 days in January 1930.

The most recent long run with 1 inch of snow on the ground was January 9-17, 1993 - a run of 9 days.

All told from 1913 to the advent of automated measurements in the mid-1990s, there were 16 occasions of at least 7 consecutive days with 1 inch or more of snow on the ground.