Anchorage breaks seasonal snow record last set in 1955

So much snow that roofs have been collapsing. The roof collapsed on this home in Peters Creek at about 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 14. According to the Chugiak Volunteer Fire Department, the home was for sale at the time of the collapse. ALASKASTAR PHOTO BY MATT TUNSETH -click

Alaska’s largest city breaks seasonal snow record

By RACHEL D’ORO | Associated Press

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A spring snowfall has broken the nearly 60-year-old seasonal snow record of Alaska’s largest city.

Inundated with nearly double the snow they’re used to, Anchorage residents have been expecting to see this season’s snowfall surpass the record of 132.6 inches set in the winter of 1954-55.

The 3.4 inches that fell by Saturday afternoon brings the total to 133.6 inches. National Weather Service meteorologist Shaun Baines said forecasters don’t expect more than an inch of additional accumulation.

Before a dumping of wet snow Friday, none had fallen since mid-March, and the seasonal measure hovered at 129.4 inches, or nearly 11 feet. The halt gave residents a chance to clear their snow-laden roofs and city crews an opportunity to widen streets squeezed by mountains of snow.

I had to laugh at this juxtaposition in the story though:

Extreme weather has hit not only Alaska. It’s also struck the lower 48, where the first three months of 2012 has seen twice the normal number of tornadoes and one of the warmest winters on record.

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Rick Bradford
April 7, 2012 7:01 pm

It’s all part of the push for Global Weirding, which is the formal declaration that any kind of weather can (indeed, must) be attributed to man-made climate change

Old John
April 7, 2012 7:01 pm

This GLOBAL WARMING is becoming hard to bear, especially for roofs!

April 7, 2012 7:04 pm

That doesn’t sound like much. When I lived in the Colorado Rockies, we’d get over 400″ pretty much every year.

April 7, 2012 7:06 pm

AGW/CAGW/et-al truly is a fascinating phenomenon when looked at from a psychological/sociological point of view.
I speak as a former ardent ‘warmista’ (honest, I was…even paid a voluntary 10% wind-levy charge on my power bills and didn’t own a car for 6 years) who’s views profoundly shifted in light of new facts.(Pachauri flying first class to India to watch his local cricket team playing a game was a key one…then to fly back to the climate change meeting he was attending ..or chairing or summat) To ?paraphrase John Meynard Keynes ‘when the facts change I change my mind’.
I realised that there was no crisis due to the fact that the people who were telling me there was a crisis were acting like there was no such thing.
I have said in various fora over recent years that it is a profoundly painful process indeed to undergo a paradigm shift in ones thinking and boy oh boy did I suffer abuse at the hands of former colleagues/associates when I began to depart from the narrative such that I could not in any way exhort on my former warmistas to at least have a critical eye on what we were being told.
I was either for them IN-TOTO or against…..
Ah well, I have comfortably moved on since then and bought a beautiful V8 motor car…
It’ll run on 85% ethanol so that’s ok…..Can’t seem to find the stuff mind..
The above is all true.

April 7, 2012 7:11 pm

Darn it to heck! That global warming can strike anywhere.

April 7, 2012 7:12 pm

Any betting what the response will be? – either:
a) Yes, we predict that there will be more of these extreme weather events…
b) Weather is not climate…

April 7, 2012 7:33 pm

They have become very good at redundancy in promoting the global warming story no matter the facts.

April 7, 2012 7:38 pm

for jones: it’s nice to see someone use fora the more correct alternate to forums.

April 7, 2012 7:54 pm

Thank you kindly.

April 7, 2012 8:01 pm

stan stendera says: April 7, 2012 at 7:38 pm
“it’s nice to see someone use fora the more correct alternate to forums.”
It is also refreshing when people understand that the word ‘correct’ is an absolute term like ‘unique’, ‘original’ or ‘pregnant’. 🙂

April 7, 2012 8:25 pm

jones says:
April 7, 2012 at 7:06 pm
I speak as a former ardent ‘warmista’ . . .
I too changed sides.
Better dental plan.

April 7, 2012 8:30 pm

stan stendera says:
April 7, 2012 at 7:38 pm
for jones: it’s nice to see someone use fora the more correct alternate to forums.
Would the plural for rum and raspberry be ra and raspberri?

April 7, 2012 9:03 pm

Graphite says:
Would the plural for rum and raspberry be ra and raspberri?
Good point…..but if one were to be a ‘rum’ chap blowing ‘rasperries’ where would one sit?

April 7, 2012 9:17 pm

Perhaps the three to seven decades of global cooling that some have predicted will warm things up.

April 7, 2012 9:27 pm

Snow at Mt. Baker, in Washington State: 305 inches in the upper elevations.

April 7, 2012 10:08 pm

Another .9 inches fell, as expected, and has stopped. Read the official news here:
Anchorage Daily News has been notorious to report an alarming view.
I’ve written several articles about the papers alarming stance.
You can find those articles at my wordpress blog.
The snow today was thick, wet, and big. I don’t think I had seen snow that fluffy all year.
The streets are already clear, but the new snow has covered the ugly melting snow still piled up around town. Some piles are six stories tall and probably wont disappear until July.

April 7, 2012 10:35 pm

Some of you may remember a story I wrote last year about snow predictions at Logan Pass in Glacier Nat’l Park. In that story, Dan Fagre, Research Ecologist and Climatel Change Research Coordinator for the Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center of the U. S. Geological Survey, stationed at Glacier National Park, was quoted as saying, “Snow will melt out of the mountains earlier in spring(it already melts nearly three weeks earlier than it did 50 years ago).”
Last Thursday, The Missoulian reported this story:
“Plowing under way on Glacier National Park roads”
“Snow levels at high elevations across the park are above average for this time of year”, Germann said, “and while they are not as high as last year the snow depth is substantial.”
Read more:
So it seems that Dan Fagre and his prediction for an earlier snow melt and less snowfall has failed again for the 5th straight year. Much like the Arctic not falling below the record set in 2007. Seems there have been many failed predictions since that Alarmist year of 2007.
How many other stories can we find that directly conflict with the predictions of the IPCC and their AR4?

Northern J
April 7, 2012 10:38 pm

Those of us who live here are thrilled! If you spend that much up-close-and-personal time with your shovel and snowblower, there’s just no glory in coming in second 😉

Old Nanook
April 7, 2012 11:46 pm

It is not just the snow, but the winter in general has been as hard and cold as I can remember in my 40 plus years in Alaska. Much of January was brutally cold. It is good to see some coverage of our weather, as opposed to listening to Brian Williams on NBC blathering on and on about the only weather that matters in his little narcissistic world — New York’s.
Based on the accumulations in the mountains around Anchorage, I expect that, absent some extreme summer high temperatures or extensive rainfall, there will be assorted areas of snow that do not completely melt this summer. And it may thus begin, a new ice age.

Earle Williams
April 8, 2012 12:26 am

I’m on the northeast end of Anchorage, and even though the melt has started we’ve still got about 24″ of global warming on the ground. Easter egg hunts will be fun – either real easy because the eggs will be hidden in driveways or walkways, or really hard because they’ll be tucked in posthole-like footprints in the snow.
And I’m now the proud owner of a snow rake. For pulling that snow off your roof. My arms and shoulders were burning before I got halfway around my roof. Gotta figure out to get the snowblower up there…

April 8, 2012 1:59 am

Reblogged this on Climate Ponderings.

Brian H
April 8, 2012 2:07 am

Climate Disruption can strike anywheres, I tells ya! Gaia’s gonna getcha!

April 8, 2012 3:17 am

57 years agio, I wonder how good this fits with Piers Corbyn´s theory.
Yesterday we had snow in Spain, Quite a shock for british tourists who come here to spend Eastern holydays.
(Link in Spanish)

April 8, 2012 3:38 am

Not to worry~ they will now claim that all this snow will melt, and add to accelerating sea-level rise.

David Jones (Sammus)
April 8, 2012 8:48 am

Glad that’s done, would have hated to do that much shoveling for second. Going to head down to Alyeska, about 30 miles as the crow flies, to do some skiing. The have gotten almost 70 feet of snow this season. With a cold summer (god forbid) I might be skiing into August.

April 8, 2012 9:25 am

Nice to see a healthy turnout from local neighbors. Who knew WUWT was so popular in Alaska?
Snowfall this year in Anchorage was about double our yearly average. Homeowners are looking with no small amount of interest at the rate of melt. Too fast, and some of us will end up with water in crawl spaces under our homes. There are a lot of homes with sump pumps already. Local plumbers may have a lot of business this summer. We were fortunate not to have a major quake with so much snow on the roofs.
The other fallout is water depth in local streams and rivers this summer. Record snow depth = more runoff than normal during the summer = deeper water for chasing salmon in. We lose a few fishermen every year due to fast, very cold water, and chest waders. Deeper water means a more exciting fishing experience. Bring your inflatable life vest.
The last time this happened 2003 – 2004 (113.8″) the largest snow dumps hung around until mid August. Some of us referred to one in south Anchorage as the O’Malley Glacier. The sun is out. Should be a lot of melting today. Cheers –

Patrick Davis
April 8, 2012 10:19 am

This is rotten snow. Nothing to see here, move along and pay your pollution taxes.

Leo Morgan
April 8, 2012 11:21 am

@ jones
Welcome to the light side.
Commiserations on your conversion; it is indeed a traumatic process. Sadly, no one side of an issue has a monopoly on hypocrites or idiots. “There is no proposition, no matter how simple, clear and obviously true, that nevertheless won’t somewhere have an idiot supporting it.”
Continue to judge on the basis of facts. Be aware that no-one has all the facts. Every judgment is conditional, but that does not absolve you from the need to make rational judgments. Robert Heinlein wrote words to the effect of “A fact is something that has happened. Everything else, no matter how well supported by argument, evidence or computer models, is opinion.”
My own (lukewarmer) opinion is that the threat of CAGW is as vastly overstated as ‘Peak Oil’ or Ehrlich’s population callapse by 2000. Remember the calls for Zero Population Growth in the 1970’s?
However, intellectual honesty compels us to keep revisiting the issues, despite having formed a judgement. Intellectual honesty, self interest and altruism all combine to oblige us to stand against the political activism of those who hold the contrary view.
It’s nice to have you onboard.

April 8, 2012 12:15 pm

The recent tendency toward locked-in high and low pressure areas deserves serious research, including investigations of how to get the jet stream sliding when it locks. Is this just part of the 34-year cycle, or is there something new happening?
Unfortunately all the available money is still going to the Carbon Cult, and in most countries the money is just about gone.

Berényi Péter
April 8, 2012 1:33 pm

It’s a new ice age, clearly, brought about by global warming, a.k.a. climate holocaust. Ocean circulation that brings warm air up to the Northern Hemisphere has completely shut down. This white snowing stuff, it’s difficult to say how deep it is precisely. The camera just can’t focus in this low light. It’s dark. We didn’t have tremendous hurricane force winds, but that is of little consequence, because everything is buried and the sun has been shut down. Normally the sun would be about twenty degrees above the horizon, and everything would be bright, but, as you can see, that is far from the case. I’ve tried to get the snow blower working earlier, but well, I had limited success. The snow proved to be too much for the high powered venerable snow blowing machine. And, of course, the greenhouse gases that it pumps out, did nothing to melt the snow. The house is covered in it. There are no stars, there is no sun. The furnace, which still works, fortunately, melted some snow, but an icicle is hanging on the chimney. This is no winter wonderland, folks. This is complete devastation. I have no idea how the world will recover from this. The albedo of the snow will, of course, reflect sunlight, if ever the clouds clear. The clouds have albedo of their own, so, clearly, we are in a new Ice Age. I personally blame General Motors. Ha, what’s happened here? There are curious markings in the snow. Oh, and look, it’s still coming down. Very light. Oh, yea, this is a tree. My breath freezes instantly. It’s about minus forty, so it really does not matter whether you use the Fahrenheit scale or the Celsius scale, as minus forty is the same for both. I wonder how all this will tax the resolution on Youtube, assuming the Internet continues to work in the new Ice Age. There is the pond. Wow. The snow has been hiding it quite successfully. Where are the edges? Falls off and another wind is picking up. So there you have it folks, the dawn of a new Ice Age.

Mac the Knife
April 8, 2012 1:47 pm

During the winter of 1978-79, I picked up some extra cash on weekends shoveling off roofs of houses and farm buildings in central Wisconsin. On pitched roofs, we would throw a rope over the peak of the roof and anchor it to something sturdy on the ground, then climb a ladder up to the roof on the far side and use the rope to anchor us as we shoveled. As the snow load needed to be removed from both sides of a roof relatively evenly, to prevent heavy asymetric load conditions, it really worked best to have a guy rigged and shoveling on each side of the roof!
A couple of friends of mine had just climbed up on to the roof of a large farm equipment shed, to start shoveling off the 3 – 4 feet of snow, when the entire building collapsed! They were ‘the straw that broke the camels back’! Neither of them were hurt but had a real surprise when the roof dropped out from underneath them! Plus, we were all in our early 20s then…. and we ‘bounced’ better!

April 8, 2012 4:50 pm

If this year’s 133.6 inches of snow was caused by man-made climate change, what caused the extreme weather that dropped 132.6 inches in 1955?

Hector Pascal
April 8, 2012 5:48 pm

Lets see, hmm, 133 inches is ~11 feet.
That’s nothing and you are all girlz.
Where I live (northern Japan) we’ve had more than 15 metres, and that’s in town, not up the mountain. It’s still snowing. We’ve had 25 cm in the past 3 days.

April 9, 2012 3:39 am

Berényi Péter says:
April 8, 2012 at 1:33 pm
The MSM should be fighting over you – your parody is a very good example of the illogical stream-of-consciousness diatribe that one hears all the time from journalists on MSM (CNN, BBC, etc..).
This smokescreen of confusion and illogic tends to defend dogmas such as AGW from scientific and rational criticism.
Here is similar parody of 21st century enironmentla science reporting:

Gary Pearse
April 9, 2012 8:03 am

Hmm 1955…+~60. I’m only out 3 years in predicting the collapse of this roof in the picture. I’ve suggested in several earlier posts that it would be a great exercise to take the weather records of 60 years ago and see how close we can predict extreme weather events. I mentioned this in the post on the worst March cold and snow in the Pacific Northwest in 60 years, in the Texas wildfires when they were the worst in 60 years. I predicted much worse tornado seasons I believe it was to occur some 3 or 4 years from now by looking at a plot of the frequency of high energy tornadoes that showed the late 50s early 60s to be eventful. I do think it would be an interesting post for someone with the time and links.

April 9, 2012 12:40 pm

Warmest March everrrrrrrrrrrr!

April 9, 2012 9:26 pm

I was 8 years old during the Winter of 1955. We lived in the Lewiston, ID/Clarkston, WA Valley, where the Snake River is somewhere between 700 and 800 feet above sea level, so the area was called the “Banana Belt” because of the mild climate in comparison to the surrounding highlands, almost two thousand feet higher. But that winter was very cold and snowy even in the Valley. I still have my father’s old 8mm color movie film that he took during that winter. He taught me how to snow ski that winter.

Brian H
April 9, 2012 10:39 pm

Yep, you can smell those environmentalists coming, because they’ve all stoppe using toilet paper! Talk about skid marks ….

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