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TIMBERLINE LODGE -- This may be a stellar winter for snow on Mount Hood, according to KGW meteorologist Rod Hill.

In 2007, which was a La Nina winter like the one coming up, Timberline had 800 inches of snow, Hill said. Last winter, a El Nino year, the resort had 505 inches.

What's striking about a 2007 comparison was the early start to a snowfall, Hill said. In 2007 Timberline had 21 inches of snow by October 21st. On Tuesday, the resort reported 20 inches Monday morning, with forecasters calling for as much as two feet by Tuesday.

In 2007, Timberline had 78 inches by Thanksgiving, though much of that melted before snows in December resumed, he said. Nevertheless, it was a grand year for skiers, with 800 inches of accumulated snowfall.

Timberline Lodge has charted base camp snow accumulation since 1998.

More: See the chart

It should be noted that total snowfall, and base camp snowfall for skiers, are two different figures. But the chart does illustrate Hill's speculation about 300 or more inches falling beyond normal levels.

The winter of 2007-2008 was stellar, along with an even better 1998-1999. Let's all forget the winter of 2004-2005. Don't remember? Check out this photo, taken on Feb. 3, 2005, when it's 61 degrees on the pass, with zero snow.

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