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Alaska: Anchorage on Track for Snowiest Winter on Record


All the snow meant for the lower continental US and large portions of Canada must have somehow been rerouted to the land of the midnight sun …

By Associated Press – “ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Heavy snow fell in Alaska’s largest city Thursday, adding to what already has been the snowiest period for Anchorage since records have been kept.

The National Weather Service predicted a snowfall of 8-16 inches, with the city’s upper Hillside neighborhoods expected to get the bulk of the snow.

It began snowing shortly before midnight. The heaviest snow was expected between 3 a.m. and noon.

‘It’s snowing pretty good right now,’ forecaster Christian Cassell said at 4:30 a.m. Thursday at the Anchorage weather service office. The snow had been intermittent but the rate was increasing.

‘We still expect a decent amount of snow,’ Cassell said.

Anchorage schools were open Thursday, but some school bus routes were canceled because of whiteout driving conditions. It mainly affects students living south of Anchorage and buses that must use the Seward Highway.

The weather service counts a snow year from July to June. From July 1 through Tuesday, Anchorage has received 81.3 inches of snow. Meteorologist Shaun Baines said that makes it the snowiest period for Anchorage since records have been kept.

If the pace keeps up through the last snows in either April or May, Anchorage is on track to have the snowiest winter ever, surpassing the previous record of 132.8 inches in 1954-55, Baines said.

About 150 miles to the southeast of Anchorage, the Prince William Sound community of Cordova has already been buried under 172 inches of snow since Nov. 1 and is trying to dig out from recent storms.

Another 4 to 7 inches could fall Thursday, Baines said.” Read more.

Photo by Heather Aronno Showing the Richardson Highway Outside of Valdez, AK

Photo by Heather Aronno Showing the Richardson Highway Outside of Valdez, AK

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  1. 01/12/2012 at 3:36 PM

    That’s crazy deep snow.

    Here in Northern CA it been dry, except for a few sprinkles, since late November. Walnut and almond farmers have been irrigating for the last month, unheard of in January. Almond blossoms start in another week, and winter rains haven’t even begun.

    Today it will be about 70 deg. F

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  2. ICA
    01/12/2012 at 5:09 PM

    I’d like at least one or two weekends here with some good snow. Miss the ‘ol toboggan. Instead, we’ve got green grass.

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  3. Cindy
    03/22/2012 at 10:50 PM

    Hey, that’s not a picture of or near Valdez AK. Cars are driving on wrong side of road. This pic is from overseas.

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  4. ICA
    03/23/2012 at 12:02 AM

    Cindy :

    Hey, that’s not a picture of or near Valdez AK. Cars are driving on wrong side of road. This pic is from overseas.

    http://my.firedoglake.com/edwardteller/2012/01/08/occupy-anchorage-is-hanging-in-there/

    For the sake of argument, a snapshot such as this will not necessarily tell us what side the cars should be driving on any more than a snapshot of a ball in mid-air will tell us what direction it is travelling. The vehicle in the upper portion of the photograph appears to be travelling in the wrong lane, but it is easy to see why: an obstruction of vehicles parked alongside the road is forcing the driver to move into the opposing lane. Conversely, the vehicle in the lower portion of the photograph appears to be travelling in the wrong lane as well. In fact, the somewhat skewed positioning of the vehicle on the road suggests that the driver had nearly completed moving it out of the right lane and into the left lane precisely for the very same reason. Of course, I could be wrong, but that’s just my observation. :)

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  5. 03/23/2012 at 1:10 AM

    Or, and this happens all the time, they mirrored the photo because they liked it better that way. Good ‘ol Photoshop.

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  6. ICA
    03/23/2012 at 10:14 AM

    Ah, yes, that too.

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