Coldest, snowiest days in Lawrence history

The interactive timeline below shows the:

  • Top five single-day snow totals in Lawrence history
  • Top five coldest days in Lawrence history
  • Top five single-day snow totals in Lawrence since 1991


true_patriot 7 years, 3 months ago

It's missing some events, like the heavy snowfalls of the early 1980's and the devastating ice storms we've had - one was in 2002 I believe and there was at least one other in the 10 to 20 years prior.

ChristineMetz 7 years, 3 months ago

Hi True Patriot, This data just reflects single-day snow totals, so it won't have the cumulative totals for snowstorms that fell over a multiple of days. We probably missed the 1980s because the storms weren't big enough to be included in the top five all time snow fall events (the latest for those was 1942). And, it was right before the 20 year period we looked at. And, we didn't look at ice storms at all. Hope that helps. Christine Metz Reporter Lawrence Journal-World

true_patriot 7 years, 3 months ago

Nod, I figured as much, was just hoping you could add those events so it wouldn't look so weird to those of us that remember them and to give newcomers a better picture of historical weather events.

There was a winter sometime in the early 80's that had snow piled up at least as deep as this - there were 15 foot high piles of snow in parking lots and Tennessee Street street parking was an insane mess for several days. People got stuck constantly.

We've had a few major ice storms in recent memory, and the one in 2002 resulted in widespread power outages, huge limbs and trees down, destruction to property, etc. It may also have closed KU for consecutive days (a rare occurrence indeed), can't recall for sure. It definitely stands out as one of Lawrence's major winter weather events though.

broddie 7 years, 3 months ago

Bad Headline.

20 years does not equal history. It only equals the last 20 years of history.

wmathews 7 years, 3 months ago

Hi broddie, If you move the timeline toward the early 1900s, you'll see that most of the top five single-day snow events or coldest temperatures happened during that time. So we've included data dating back to 1899, not just the past 20 years.

Whitney Mathews Assistant Community Editor or Online

broddie 7 years, 3 months ago

Okay, I get it. Another article with data that goes back further than 20 years with the "older resident" headline. LOL. I guess "older residents" are the only ones who care about history.

that's like saying you can only be interested in dinosaurs if you're at least 65 million years old

Kent Fisher 7 years, 3 months ago

Whitney, why doesn't this timeline reflect the snow of two weeks ago that measured at least 6 inches in one day ( and almost 8" over two days)?

true_patriot 7 years, 3 months ago

There is also a lead story at the Journal-World today about how this was the largest single-day snow since Feb. 8, 1980 ... But that event is not on this timeline. Confusing.

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