Friday, April 11, 2008

April 1950: Snow in Silver Lake

Photo: April 1950, Smith. (Click on photo to enlarge.)

In 1950, a freak April snowstorm officially covered Los Angels with less than a half inch of snow. The photo above, shot from the backyard of 2647 Corralitas Drive in Silver Lake, suggests something closer to two inches. The local topography and weather patterns routinely double or triple the official precipitation measurement.

If you look closely, Riverside Place is closest row of homes to the backyard. The Red Car trolley tracks run through the middle of the photo, just above Riverside Place. Lake View Ave. is mostly undeveloped, except near the India St. Red Car stop (the clump of homes to the right, just above the tracks). The large power line tower atop the hill (on the left) is on Silver Ridge Ave.