Snow in San Francisco

Fisherman's Wharf After a Snow FallEvery winter when I walk to work and it is 41 degrees, I inevitably start to wonder if this is the year it will snow in San Francisco. After all, as far as I can tell, it has only snowed 11 times since 1856. Sparing you the math, that makes the possibility very close to zero. But, It has happened before and will most likely happen again. The last time the City received measurable snow was February 5, 1976. Reports vary on the amount, but there was snow nonetheless, with reports of up to 5 inches at Twin Peaks.

On December 25th, 1856, San Francisco even managed to have a white Christmas, which prompted the editor of the Alta California – the paper for who- this blog was graciously named after – to wonder aloud about the effect us “Anglo-Saxons” and our activities were having on the our climate. Snow also fell on February 1, 1939 as evidenced by the photo above (photo courtesy of San Francisco Public Library).

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