The Paradise area at Mount Rainier (elevation of 5,400 feet) is known for its snowfall. Paradise once held the world record for measured snowfall in single year in 1971-1972: 1,122 inches (93.5 feet/28.5 meters). A new low snowfall record for Paradise was set in 2014-2015 with 266 inches (22.2 feet/6.7 meters), previously set in 1939-1940. Snowfall is measured at the official Paradise weather station and is recorded in inches. To include the full winter season, snowfall is recorded from July 1st to June 30th.
Annual Snowfall Totals
Annual Snowfall in inches, listed by year 1920-2017
* estimated; some data missing
Average annual snowfall at Paradise, based on above data (updated July 2017): 640 inches (53.3 feet/16.3 meters)
Last updated: July 17, 2017