Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Has it ever snowed in Los Angeles?

Who's asking: Gary Fleder

This question came up when I told my friend Gary that we'd already had a frost here. Like me, Gary grew up in the gentle climate of Tidewater Virginia. He doesn't remember his Boston winters fondly; I suspect that he thinks I'll eventually surrender to the Maine temperatures and return to Los Angeles.

But in fact, it has snowed in Los Angeles, though not in our lifetime. The last recorded snowfall in Los Angeles happened on January 22, 1962, when the city got only a trace. The heaviest recorded snowfall was about a third of an inch, in January 1949.

It's inarguable: Los Angeles' climate is better than Maine's. I didn't move here for the climate, and the truth is that I love the snow. The cooler temperatures make Dizzy act like a puppy again, as he chases all the squirrels who still haven't learned to respect his authority.

It's easy to be carefree about winter in the glory of a Maine fall day, but I did feel a pang yesterday when I noticed the sun already low in the sky at 4:45 p.m. The cold and the snow don't bother me as much as the darkness; this may be the year that I buy one of those broad-spectrum lights.

6 comments:

JJ said...

Of course, if you ever watched Buffy, it seemed to either be snowing or cold enough to cloud your breath every episode. But that may not be a historical document.

Anonymous said...

hey, AG,

Just logged on for the first time since your return. It's funny, I was just talking to my own Claire (seven, with an "e")about the last time it snowed in LA. This was in '88, though it was in LA county and not LA proper. It was in the Valley, and my cousin took pictures of Calabasas in the pathetically thin dusting.

Have fun at B'con.

Love

Scott P.

AnswerGirl said...

I should have made the distinction between the City of Los Angeles and L.A. County.

As an anonymous poster noted here, it regularly snows on the tops of mountains in LA County.

I've deleted the comment because I do not allow anonymous comments. Sorry, anonymous commenter, but thank you for the clarification.

Anonymous said...

I WISH IT SNOWED AGAIN IN LOS ANGELES CITY. I MISS SNOW!!! I AM ORIGINALLY FROM EASTERN EUROPE AND IT SNOWS THERE PRETTY HARD LIKE IN MAINE. BUT OH WELL, GLOBAL WARMING IS NOT GONNA LET IT SNOW, I GUESS. =) HAPPY UPCOMING THANKS GIVING DAY EVERYONE AND HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO YOU ALL. GOD BLESS YOU. PEACE. KRISTINA =)

Anonymous said...

Yes. Today. And it was awesome.

Anonymous said...

December 3, 2015-I live in Maine now and grew up in the San Fernando Valley and I remember snow falling in the late 1980s. Maybe not in Pacoima, but certainly in the foothills of the west Valley. I tried to look it up in the L.A. Times site but their search engine is very limited….

Dave Cox
Bangor, Maine