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:
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.
Thanks to Clay Olson for this link