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 accuweather.com. 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.
Thanks to Wanda and Marc Morano for these links