When did it last snow in San Francisco?
December 19, 2005 10:16 AM   Subscribe

Can anyone remember the last time it snowed in San Francisco?

Bonus points if you can remember the last time there was any significant accumulation, or point me to the all-time snowfall record. So far, I have a poorly-sourced 3.7" in 1876.
posted by nyterrant to Grab Bag (11 answers total)
Here's a table.
posted by mendel at 10:25 AM on December 19, 2005

FWIW: in 1996, living in Mountain View, a few flakes fell -- not nearly enough to last beyond a split-second upon impact on the ground, but it counts IMO. Lasted about 15 minutes or so. The temp was about 39 degrees.
posted by davidmsc at 10:42 AM on December 19, 2005

Stretching the definition of "San Francisco" a bit, Mount Tam (roughly 10 mi. north of the Golden Gate) gets a dusting of snow every 3 or 4 years. Back in 2001 or so, the Marin Independent Journal ran a cover photo of a man snowboarding down Railroad Grade.
posted by Triode at 10:44 AM on December 19, 2005

(askme inspired by this comment?)
posted by shoepal at 10:51 AM on December 19, 2005

I remember being at a temp job downtown in the mid-80's on one of the top floors of a skyscraper. Looking out the window, I definitely saw snowflakes; but when I went down to street level for lunch, it was obvious that it was melting way before it hit the ground.

There was snow on Tam that year, though.
posted by trip and a half at 11:21 AM on December 19, 2005

On 20 December 1998, I worked as a background extra in that cinematic masterpiece known as The Bachelor, starring Chris O'Donnell. That date was significant because, indeed, it did snow that day!

Not only were the nearby Mt. Tamalpais and Mt. Diablo mountains covered in snow, but I distinctly remember the snowflakes also falling down between the downtown Financial District skyscrapers. Here's a report from the San Francisco Chronicle on that day's unique weather.
posted by stst399 at 11:28 AM on December 19, 2005

Thanks everyone!
posted by nyterrant at 12:08 PM on December 19, 2005

I was seven in 1952 and vaguely remember the snow. My mom said that every kid in San Francisco took a snowball home, put in in the freezer, and then tried to take it to school the next day for show and tell.
posted by Carol Anne at 12:19 PM on December 19, 2005

wait, didn't it just snow here in September?
posted by missmobtown at 12:33 PM on December 19, 2005

here[ugh, big, sorry] is a picture of a snowy menlo park from 1976. i seem to remember a dusting of snow in 2001 or so that lasted a little while. i know, not SF, but i thought i'd chime in.
posted by sergeant sandwich at 5:29 PM on December 19, 2005

Sounds like you're looking more for personal stories than data?

It snowed in the Oakland hills in December of 1992. I had just finished my sophomore final exams, and a few of us drove up to dance around and catch a few flakes on our tongues.

A cop pulled up and ordered us into the back of his car, where he proceeded to interrogate us about why we were playing hooky. We assured him that we weren't playing hooky...to no avail. The best part was when he called our school to report us, and our school yelled at him for harassing their students.

posted by equipoise at 6:15 PM on December 19, 2005

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