Snow Fell on Los Gatos in 1949

It was an unusual start to a year that ended with very little recorded precipitation.

This photograph of Renee and Marsha Caperton was taken on Tait Avenue during a snowfall in 1949, most likely in January of that year.

The amount that fell on the Capertons' home was too minimal to measure, but .5 inches of snow had been recorded in downtown Los Gatos in 1932.

According to Weather Warehouse, the lowest recorded temperature within the town limits in 1949 was 18 degrees Fahrenheit, and the total precipitation amounted to only 1.81 inches, of which .73 inches fell in one 24-hour period.

Town rainfall in the years between 1949 and 2012 ranged from a mere .23 inches in 1984 to a deluge of 15.6 inches in 1995. 

Source: Hooked on Los Gatos, the Library and Museum History Project

Nadine Caperton Collection



Gary Hinze February 02, 2013 at 07:40 PM
Ten inches of snow becomes one inch of water. I remember it snowing on Christmas day some time in the late 50's. My grandfather grew up in North Dakota and was used to snowshoes in winter. He hadn't seen snow since he came to California around the turn of the century (1900). When I mentioned that it was snowing outside, I was surprised to see my usually sedate grandfather jump up and run outside, whooping and hollering, with snowflakes melting on his bald head. It was only a light dusting and had melted inside a quarter hour, but it was the high point of the year for grandpa.
Nathan Hoover February 02, 2013 at 10:51 PM
Take a close look at the data on Weather Warehouse. I wouldn't trust it - the rainfall data is clearly bogus for some years. Very nice photo though. In the 20 years we've lived here I remember snow in the air once but never sticking on the ground.
Ben Richards February 03, 2013 at 08:55 PM
What about the stories I've heard about it snowing, and sticking to the ground temporarily, once in LG in the late seventies? And back in 1999 as I recall, we had some snow in the air one winter Sunday afternoon for a few minutes or so downtown, but it didn't stick.


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