Record Winter Snow in Anchorage

April 9th, 2012 at 12:50 am by under Bill's Blog, Weather

  Anchorage, Alaska has broken a 57-year old record for the snowiest winter in history.  They picked up another 4.3″ of snow on Saturday, bringing the season snowfall to 134.5″.  Every month from November to February had above average snowfall.   Average snowfall in Anchorage is similar to Grand Rapids (about 75″ per winter).  Here’s season snowfall for selected cities in Alaska with the average snowfall to date in ( ):  Barrow (north coast) 67.4″ (31.9″ – so they’ve had more than double average snowfall), Annette Island 15.2″ (7.6″ – yeah, there’s a place in Alaska where they average only 7.6″ of snow in the winter!), Yakutat 330.8″ (133.9″ – WOW that’s nearly 200″ above average this year!), McGrath 109.6″ (93.2″), Juneau (SE Alaska) 131.5″ (86.2″), St. Paul Island 86.3″ (55.1″), Kotzebue 83.9″ (55.0″), Valdez 437.6″ (311.0″), Nome (west coast) 79.2″ (67.8″).  Fairbanks 57.4″ (62.3″ – the only first order climate station with below average snowfall this winter, and the east side of town was above average), Bethel 82.9″ (56.0″), Cold Bay 118.7″ (67.7″), Kodiak 142.2″ (63.6″ – more than double average snowfall), King Salmon 73.5″ (43.4″).  Alyeska is up to 836″ of snowfall since Oct. 1st!  It’s only April 9th, and snow in Alaska isn’t finished yet.  In fact. Blizzard conditions were reported on Easter at Savoonga (home of the Great Oosik).  Barrow had a high of -1 and a low of -17 yesterday.   Fairbanks reached 49 on Easter Sunday, the warmest day since Oct. 14th.

Also, Seattle reached 70 degrees for the first time this year on Easter Sunday.  They are still 1.6 degrees cooler than average for April so far, where 6 of the first 8 days of the month were cooler than aveage.  The last month with above average temperatures in Seattle was last October.   This is typical of the combination of La Nina and a cold Pacific Decadal Oscillation.  Up to half a foot of snow fell this weekend in Maine (with 5.2″ at both Caribou and Presque Isle.  Dallas TX had their wettest Easter Sunday ever with 2.23″ of rain.  It’s been a wet winter/spring over much of Texas.  Here’s rainfall since 1/1 with the average rainfall in ( ):  Houston 18.4″ (10.79″), Waco 16.92″ (8.48″), Dallas 17.46″ (9.00″), McAllen 7.96″ (3.43″), Austin 16.34″ (7.65″), San Antonio 12.86″ (6.32″).     Picture from KTUU.

8 Responses to “Record Winter Snow in Anchorage”

  1. John says:

    Where is everyone?

  2. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

    Even though the first 8 days of April have averaged almost 2° colder then the whole month of March we (GR) is still at +4.8 so far this month!!
    Partly cloudy and 38° here. Bill with all of the talk of the cold and snow in Alaska are trying to tell some of the identities that maybe we could be looking a a very cool summer or maybe a very cold winter next year? While its impossible to guess this far out the is always a possibility!
    I hope ever one had a nice Easter.
    SlimJim

    1. fixxxer says:

      bill told me an average summer slim, i don’t think it will be that cool.

      1. fixxxer says:

        although spring IS NOT off too a good start here.

        1. Cort S. (Plymouth, NH) says:

          Hahahaha, good joke! :)

          You just lived through the WARMEST MARCH IN HISTORY! The warmest March in at least TWO HUMAN LIFETIMES!

          April is still slightly above the 30-year average too:
          http://www.crh.noaa.gov/images/grr/climate/plots/KGRRytd.png

  3. Ned S. (Now in South Holland) says:

    Bill, do you happen to have a snowfall total for Haines, AK? We visited that town late last August. My wife and I played golf there, the rest of our group went bicycle riding. Large brown bears were numerous in that area too.

  4. chuckd says:

    Google it:

    Past 2 days’ snowfall of 2.1″ puts us over the 30′ mark for the season — 360.7″ as of 8 AM this morning, 3/26/2012. (NWS COOP station Haines #2)
    –418 Union St.
    posted by:Paul & Annie, 2012-03-26

    1. Bill Steffen says:

      Thanks, Chuck – that’s a lot of snow!

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