Alaska’s mountain snow refusing to melt this summer

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This is how ice ages begin. With endless winters.

Mountain ranges surrounding Alaska’s largest city are still dealing with last winter’s snow, says this article on Last winter’s all-time record snowfall of 133.6 inches could give Anchorage an endless winter.

It’s unusual to see snow still remaining in some of the mountains that surround Anchorage, said United States Department of Agriculture Snow Survey Supervisor Rick McClure.

“Most of the time snow melts in the mountains, unless it’s a glacier or snowfield,” McClure said. “We’ve had snow in 4,000-feet elevations that usually melts by early June stay until that time in July. It’s very rare to see snow in the mountains that close to the solstice.”

It’s possible the melt of last year’s snow could overlap with new snow falls that can occur as early as September, said McClure.

“Glaciers, of course, start forming when the snow of a new winter arrives before the snow of an old winter is gone,” says a different article in the Alaska Dispatch. “Snow piles upon snow until the weight of it compresses the snow at the bottom into ice. Then you have an Ice Age.” (Italics added)

The lingering snow is making it difficult for some animals to find food because the ground hasn’t greened, McClure added.

133.6 inches! That’s more than 11 feet!

The height of a standard basketball hoop is 10 feet. An 18-wheeler rises to 13 feet, 6 inches. Only a couple feet of that truck would have been sticking out of all the snow that fell on Anchorage. Good thing it didn’t all fall in one day.


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8 thoughts on “Alaska’s mountain snow refusing to melt this summer”

  1. frederik wise:

    That ice map from is wrong and does not agree with other maps. Hudson Bay is ice free, as it always is at this time of year. There is a deep ocean port at Churchill (Google Port of Churchill) and the first grain tanker is expected next week, which is a few days later than some years, but nothing unusual.

    The best ice maps of that area are produced by Environment Canada, because they are used for shipping, so they have to be reasonably accurate. On a side note, Frobisher Bay on Baffin Island is still blocked and no supplies can get into Iqaluit.

  2. Sounds like how it is in Norway now… You would not even know it was summer if you went into the mountains. Plenty of people were surprised when they visited their cabins this summer to be greeted by winter.

    I wonder what will happen next year if it does not melt away then with snow accumulating over years.
    Seems to me like we are hitting the tipping point that will lead to at least another little ice age.

  3. Please notice the amount of sea-ice still around the north pole . For up to date maps please look at the site and notice that most of the hudson bay in canada is still frozen . And what is NOAA and Unisys ,both prublications of the US government , claiming ? That seasurface temperatures ar 3 to 4 degrees above normal in the Hudson Bay . Apart from that this a joke , did they change the temperatures of melting ice ? How far do they want to go to support their warmist dreams ?

  4. Very weird quotation. Apparently “United States Department of Agriculture Snow Survey Supervisor Rick McClure” does not know that the solstice turns up (deep breath) 3 weeks into J_u_n_e. Seeing snow any time at all in July is not only “that close to the solstice” — it’s WAY PAST the solstice!! If our professional weather folks don’t understand the calendar, then all of us are goners already.

    1. and then there’s the frequent mix ups between equinoxes( March and September) and solstices( June and December)

    2. I too could not believe he said that as even a first grader knows the summer solstice in in June.

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