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March Madness? No!! It’s LA’s Weather Madness

Jan 19, 2011 by Lisa Newton

Over the relatively recent years and decades, Los Angeles’ weather has had ts fair share of some rain, a bit of fog, and lots and lots of sunshine.

However, last month we had a week’s worth of rain which lead to the wettest December in 121 years. Then, just a couple of days later, we had a cold–very cold–snap; with the snow level nearby as low as 2,000 feet.

Now, we’re in the middle of a heat wave. Yesterday, the temperatures were suppose to reach a high of 73° but reached 82° instead.

What’s next, snow?

As crazy as that might sound, it has happened, and more surprisingly, more than once.

According to the National Weather Service between 1921-2002, it snowed at the Downtown Los Angeles Civic Center a total of 10 times:

Year & Month

Amount of Snowfall

1922

January (trace), March (trace)

1935

December (trace)

1947

December (trace)

1949

January (slightly more than 0.3 inches)

1950

April (0.2 inches)

1951

February (trace), March (trace)

1952

January (trace), March (trace), December (trace)

1954

January (0.3 inches), February (trace)

1957

January (trace)

1962

January (trace)

Here’s a 2007 video of the UCLA campus in Westwood. I succinctly remember the small piles of what looked like snow, not believing it at the time:

When you look at the chart, most of the snowfall happened in January and March, so there’s still plenty of time for LA’s Weather Madness to continue!

Slider photo courtesy of Avenue to the Sky

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