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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27, 2011

“This is April in North Idaho,” said Justin Fyfe, manager of Westwood Gardens in Rathdrum, as he removed snow from the greenhouses Tuesday. (Kathy Plonka)
“This is April in North Idaho,” said Justin Fyfe, manager of Westwood Gardens in Rathdrum, as he removed snow from the greenhouses Tuesday. (Kathy Plonka)

Rainfall records set; snow fells trees at Mount Spokane

Back-to-back daily precipitation records were set at Spokane International Airport on Monday and Tuesday with more than an inch falling in the two days.

The records were part of a heavy band of rain and snow that hovered over the region for more than a day.

The 0.63 inches that fell at the airport on Monday shattered the old record of 0.35 inches set in 1893, according to the National Weather Service.

By 3 p.m. Tuesday, the airport had logged another record with 0.39 inches falling, eclipsing the old record of 0.28 inches in 1955.

Up to 2 ½ feet of snow fell at Mount Spokane where 40 mature trees fell on the park drive west of the park boundary and another 15 trees dropped inside the park. They were snapped off and uprooted by the weight of the snow that contained an equivalent of up to three inches of water.

One crew member reported it was the largest tree fall since 1959.

Other reports from the Inland Northwest showed up to two inches of precipitation across the region through Tuesday morning, and snow was prevalent above 2,500 feet in elevation, the National Weather Service said.

A report from Chattaroy had 2.35 inches of precipitation.

Also, a trace of snow at the airport tied a daily snowfall record for April 25.



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