As winter approaches, wondering what weather records we might set this year.

Coming off the hottest temps recorded in area history earlier this year, will winter go the opposite way?  These are compiled from the National Weather Service (NWS-NOAA) and the Washington State Climatologist website. According to NOAA, official Federal records for Tri-Cities didn't start until 1937, but others were kept locally. These are NOAA-NWS.

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  WHAT ARE THE BENCHMARKS MOTHER NATURE IS SHOOTING FOR?

  •  Coldest Tri-Cities Temp ever recorded:  -21 degrees January 21, 1985
  • Coldest in WA state history: -48 at Mazama and Winthrop Dec. 30, 1968

 WHAT ABOUT SNOWFALL? 

  • Most snow in one day in Tri-City history:  16.2 inches November 21, 1952
  • Most snow in on a day in WA state history: 65 inches at Crystal Mountain February 24, 1994
  •  Most snow in one month Tri-Cities: 27.9 inches in March 1960
Christmas snow? (Townsquare media)

 MOST RAIN LOCAL AND STATE?

  • Most rainfall in Tri-City history in one day: 3.65 inches Oct. 16, 1964
  • Most rainfall in Wa state in one day: 14.26 inches at Mt. Mitchell Nov 23-24 1984 (24 hours) Mtichell is located in Skamania County in SW corner of the state.

Will we get snow on Thanksgiving? Maybe. NOAA says the average median temp for our holiday in Tri-Cities is 44 degrees. We shall see!

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We do know one thing. If we get a big blast of snow, all the stores will be sold out of snow shovels, and they will be swiped off your porch or driveway if you don't hide them.

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