Thursday, February 21, 2013
That's right, Tucson. Thanks to #TucsonBlizzard 2013 (Never Forget!), we've actually eclipsed snowfall totals experienced by the folks in Seattle, Washington.
Not only has Mother Nature essentially blanked Seattle in the snow department this winter, she's rubbing it in by bringing real winter to places that aren't supposed to have it.
The Tucson airport reported a drop from 50 degrees to 34 degrees in an hour with a switch from rain to snow.
A former long-time resident (my wife) tells me it does snow in Tucson from time to time. But number of years Tucson > Seattle in the snow department? Likely close to zero, if not zero.
The official tally at Tucson Airport was just a trace — technically tying Seattle for 2013 as Seattle had a 14-minute snow shower that registered a trace on Jan. 10. But Tucson's snow lasted nearly an hour and a half and unlike Seattle's, actually accumulated in areas around the city, with an official spotter report giving a full 1.0" of accumulation in town.
A check through the National Weather Service's records confirms it: Tucson, 1" of snow; Seattle, nothing.
We're coming for you, Emerald City.