Historical Snowfall Data for other areas

General Discussions: ASK John: Historical Snowfall Data for other areas

By squat on Friday, January 04, 2008 - 12:18 pm: Edit Post

Do you know of and where to find Historical Snowfall Data for other areas? I know you keep track daily for your area but I canít seem to find any information like that for my area (Alpena, MI 49707). Is there part of NOAA or some other agency that keep track of this?

A.K.A Squat

By admin on Saturday, January 05, 2008 - 06:43 am: Edit Post


It is collected and archived, the trick is finding it for free. I think the best place to start would be the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC). They are the ones that archive all the data collected by the NWS. At one time they had everything available for free, but now charge for some of their data.

Their website is here:
It will take some searching as they have a ton of data and a ton of products.

Perhaps others have found other links that could be useful.


By pseudonymous on Saturday, January 05, 2008 - 09:10 am: Edit Post

As John has said, It will take some searching.
Here's a couple of my climate bookmarks:
NCDC: U.S. Snow Monitoring
NCDC: CDO Graphics
Western Regional Climate Center
Midwestern Regional Climate Center
Midwest Climate Watch - Midwestern Regional Climate Center

You can end up finding older data like this for Alpena:
More choices for Alpena

The old NCDC was the best.
Average Joe

By chords on Saturday, January 05, 2008 - 11:15 am: Edit Post

That data is hard to find. Too many choices.
Quite a difference in totals between Alpena WWTP above (waste water treatment plant), which as you know is in town, and this data which was recorded at the airport, West of beautiful Downtown Alpena.

Alpena WSO

By pseudonymous on Saturday, January 05, 2008 - 02:43 pm: Edit Post

A couple more bookmarks:
NCDC: United States Snow Climatology
Chicago Monthly Climate Summaries

It seems if you Google™ for WS FORM: F-6 and add "climate summaries" and your local station identifier (in this case Alpena), you can come up with some interesting records that are current. You will have to click on previous versions to get something like this:
Preliminary Local Climatological Data
It seems odd that most of these records appear on the NOAA's National Weather Service Weather Forecast Office Springfield MO website.

Good luck Squat.
Average Joe

By squat on Monday, January 07, 2008 - 07:38 am: Edit Post

Thanks. Itís all cool info. I did find something that will help me from the links you provided. The reason I asked this question was for work. We have a guy that does our snow plowing and bills monthly. I wanted a way to verify that we had snow on the days he billed other than having to mark the calendar every time we got snow.

Again thank you.


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