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Bay Area’s highest peak, Mt. Hamilton, sets monthly snowfall record

As the Bay Area looks ahead this week to the first 70-degree day of 2019, here’s yet another reminder to just how cold and wet February was: Mt. Hamilton broke a nearly 70-year record for monthly snowfall.
The Bay Area’s tallest peak at 4,265 feet, Mt. Hamilton recorded 38.1 inches of snow in February, breaking the previous record of 33.6 inches set in January, 1950, according to the National Weather Service in Monterey.
Weather records on Mt. Hamilton date back to 1948.

February 2019 was a wet and cool month – ideal conditions for lots of snow on #BayArea peaks. The highest peak, Mount Hamilton, set a monthly snowfall record. #CAwx #CAsnow pic.twitter.com/19ULcq3glv
— NWS Bay Area (@NWSBayArea) March 11, 2019

Last month was one of the coldest and wettest months on record in Northern California, setting snowfall records at some ski resorts in the Sierra Nevada and finishing as the second wettest February in one ci
Dangerously heavy amounts of snow are loading roofs in Truckee, Squaw Valley and South Lake Tahoe communities. (courtesy of Gary McLean, Mountain
Valley Roofing) Dangerously heavy amounts of snow are loading roofs in Truckee, Squaw Valley and South Lake Tahoe communities. (courtesy of Gary McLean, Mountain
Valley Roofing) Sound The gallery will resume in seconds A pair of skiers shred downhill at Squaw Valley. The resort was one of two
California resorts in Cheaphotel.org's recent survey of the top ten most
expensive ski resorts in the country. The other was Northstar. (Photo:
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ty south of the Golden Gate.
At Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows in the Tahoe area, 315 inches (or 26.25 feet) of snow fell during February, breaking the ski resort’s all-time record for snow in any month, 282 inches in January, 2017. Snowfall records at Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows date back to 1970.
 
In Santa Rosa, 17.15 inches of rain fell last month, ranking as the second wettest February since records began in 1902, according to the weather service. February 1998 (19.42 inches) remains Santa Rosa’s all-time wettest month.

And precipitation at eight key weather stations in Northern California, known as the eight-station Sierra Nevada index, was the third wettest on record with 21.70 inches, according to the California-Nevada River Forecast Center.
 
The eight-station index is key to California’s water supply as those watersheds feed Shasta, Oroville, Folsom and other massive reservoirs.
This weekend, the Bay Area may see temperatures reach 70 degrees for the first time since mid-November, according to the weather service.
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