What we need is an ambitious weather historian to follow the paper trail and possibly do some additional analysis of all the available data from the Sierra Nevada, including the historical archives from that era (e.g., newspaper, etc.). Sorry kids, but you can't do all this on the Internet, which is precisely why I'm going back to running my computer models and hoping that one of you gets a spark of ambition to seek climatological fame and glory. The truth? Without a time machine, we'll never know, but it would be nice to assess the likelihood that this record is legit. Perhaps Danny Kaffee has already won the trial and a report is buried somewhere in the NCDC archives that provides the evidence.