It's only sixty or so miles away but Crater Lake can seem like the back side of the moon sometimes. Its rugged beauty may be fine to see but the lake sure isn't hidden under a blanket of snow this winter. In fact, the usually snowy Crater Lake National Park has received only about seventeen inches of snow this winter. That's more than fifty inches less snow than average. This could be a record low-snowfall year there. The December snowfall total at the park was only 7.3 inches. That's the lowest December since record keeping began in 1931 and the sixth lowest total precipitation with 4.8 inches.