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Thus began yesterday’s announcement from the National Weather Service in Anchorage. Not just for the day, not just for the month, but for the entire season.


AS OF 4 PM AKDT SATURDAY AFTERNOON…3.4 INCHES OF NEW SNOW HAS FALLEN SINCE MIDNIGHT. THIS MAKES THE 2011-2012 WINTER SEASON THE SNOWIEST EVER WITH A TOTAL OF 134.5 INCHES. THE PREVIOUS SEASONAL SNOWFALL RECORD WAS 132.6 INCHES SET IN 1954-1955.

During a normal winter Anchorage receives only 75 inches of snow, says John Papineau, climatologist at the Anchorage office of the National Weather Service.

“Although the official snowfall measurement is taken in west Anchorage, snow depth varies greatly across town,” says Papineau, “On the upper Hillside for example several locations have measured more than 200 inches of snow this season.”

The city lacked 2.5″ of breaking the record going into Easter weekend, said NBC station KTUU..

But then came the snow, with about 0.8″ accumulating on Friday and a couple more inches overnight and during Saturday.

“The winter of 2011-2012 is now the snowiest winter on record in Anchorage.”

See a great re-cap of this story on icecap.us:
http://icecap.us/index.php/go/joes-blog/anchorage_alaska_sets_all_time_seasonal_snowfall_record1/

See also:
http://www.ktuu.com/news/ktuu-recordbreaking-snowfall-20120407,0,1706357.story

See also:
http://pafc.arh.noaa.gov/pubfcst.php?fcst=NOAK48PAFC

See also:
http://usnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/04/07/11077637-anchorage-breaks-57-year-old-record-for-snow-in-one-season?lite

Thanks to meteorologist, Joe D’Aleo, Chuck Clancy and S. J. Paulson for these links

“Global warming could also be a factor because it is supposed to increase weather extremes, according to climate scientists,” says the Belfast Telegraph.
http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/world-news/alaska-city-hit-by-record-snowfall-16141969.html
Thanks to Clay Olson for this link

 

12 Responses to Anchorage makes history with a record snowfall season

  1. alex says:

    how many cm is 200 inches?

  2. F. Guimaraes says:

    I’ll re-post here what I posted in “Arctic ice Extent Shatters more records” thread:
    “Take a look at the following map
    http://nsidc.org/data/seaice_index/images/daily_images/N_daily_extent_hires.png
    The above average ice extent of the Bering Sea is clearly of similar size to the below average part in N. Europe. The sea ice extent of the N. Hemisphere is at pretty much the same levels as the 1979-2000 average and there is a good chance that in May it will be above that average.”
    The fact that the present snowfall compares to what happened nearly 60 years ago only confirms that we’re pretty much at the average already… and the solar minimum is still not at its full force! The whole melting trend proclaimed by the warmist has been reversed in only 5 years.
    These are the real facts, not computer models.

  3. I used to live in Alaska. (I declare I love that place.) Also Anchorage. The winters were never as bad as the Iowa winters I grew up with. I remember moose in the streets and neighborhoods during winters in the 1980s. Anybody know what the Alaska summers have been like the past decade? Warmer than usual? Cooler? More rain?

    • crabalocker says:

      “….Anybody know what the Alaska summers have been like the past decade? Warmer than usual? Cooler? More rain?”

      What’s probably more pertinent is how early spring/summer arrives and when Fall/Winter returns.

      Has anyone followed or have the info on this?

      It’s the shortened summer season, IMHO, rather than the temperature that will mark the sign posts along the path of an ever approaching mini-ice age or worse…..the real thing.

  4. Randall G says:

    Alex, 1 centimeter is 0.3937008 inches, and 1 inch is 2.54 centimeters. 200 inches = 508 centimeters = 5.08 meters. The 134.5 inches in the report above is equal to 3.42 meters, or just over 11 foot 1 inch.

    That’s a lot of snow.

  5. Sandra Andrews says:

    200 inches = 508 cms (200 x 2.54). of 16.66 feet or 5.08 mts in total…


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