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Wed., Jan. 9, 2008, 12:56 p.m.

Remembering the Big Snow: 1968-1969

I might be in the minority, but I'm loving the big snows of the last few days. It's good for the environment, especially the Spokane River, but it's also been a great nostalgia boost.

Spokane folks who were around in the winter of 1968-1969 remember the big snow season we had that year. When we long-timers get together and weather comes up, we reminisce, especially about all the snow days. I was in eighth grade at St. Charles School and remember looking out the window in March and wondering when all the snow would finally melt.

A few years ago, Mike Prager, our S-R weather guru, wrote about that big snow:

That year, as fall changed to winter, the weather brought nothing more than a mix of rain and snow through Christmas.
Then, a windstorm ushered in arctic air. A low of 25 degrees below zero on Dec. 30 was followed by an 8-inch snowstorm that didn't stop until New Year's Day.

Maybe it was nature's warning.
Measurable snow fell in January on 20 of the 31 days. A six-day stretch of snow early in the month was followed by another arctic freeze down to 19 degrees below zero.
The last week of January was the worst. It snowed every day from the 25th through the 31st, and morning lows dipped below zero on four of the days.

February brought relief, but single-digit cold returned in March. Winter finally said goodbye with a half-inch dusting on April 29.

So any other old-timers out there have Big Snow memories to share. Blog lines are open.

(S-R file photo from 1969)

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