What’s The Record For Latest Springtime Snowfall In NH History?
Mother Nature is set to unleash up to 8 inches of snow in some places of The Granite State tomorrow. But April 16th is early compared to the bad old days.
June 6th, 1816, Six Inches Of Snow!
The first day of Summer is usually June 21st so technically this qualifies as 'Spring Snowfall'. But seriously, that's downright evil!
You don't have to look twice at the date of 6/6 plus 6 inches of snow to see a devilish influence at hand.
That 'Year Without A Summer', 1816, is well known among New Hampshire historians as being the all time worst, but what about the recent past?
This is where it gets tricky.
The image that burns brightest in my memory is that of lilacs in full bloom, covered in at least two inches of wet snow. I'm sure that this happened sometime in the late 1990's.
The only problem is, the only online evidence that I can find on this is one professional photograph that is not dated. Unfortunately, it happened just a few years before the vast majority of people would have this image at the ready within a couple clicks of their mobile device.
Someday, somewhere, someone will know the exact date of this Seacoast NH 'Lilac Snow' and confirm it with me. But for right now, whenever we have a 'Way Too Late' blizzard, I quickly look to see if the lilacs are even budding before I consider it a record breaker.
As far as 'Way Too Early' snow? The half foot of cement slush that fell on the early morning of Saturday, October 29th, 2011 will ALWAYS be the champion of hideous weather events in my book.