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Lots of snow, but nothing like the 80's

Lots of snow, but nothing like the 80's

by Carolyn Holly

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Posted on December 1, 2010 at 3:08 PM

Updated Saturday, Nov 23 at 10:22 AM

Did you live in the Treasure Valley during the 80's?

Do you remember all the snow we use to have around here?

I can totally recall what Fairview Avenue would look like then. There were piles of snow, several feet high that would line the turning lane. If you wanted to get to the other side of the street, you would have drive to an intersection and make your turn and back track to get to where you wanted to go. It was cold then too, so the snow would stay around for months.

In fact, KTVB'S Larry Gebert looked up some numbers for me so that I could share them with you.

In 1984-85 Boise had 60-days where snow was on the ground.

Same situation In 1988-89 with close to 10-inches of snow that whole time.

In 1983-84 we came close with 58-straight days of snow layering the land.

Of course with the temperature warming up later today, the current snow will likely wash away soon and for many that's a good thing.

But as far as the 80's and the incredible amount of days with snow, things were definitely different back then.

For instance, we didn't have emissions testing or a burn ban. Those two things could have contributed to the cold air being trapped in the Valley making for the cold temperatures that kept the snow around so long.

Just a thought.

In the meantime, safe driving and find some time to play in this white stuff while its around.

Carolyn

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