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New Total Snowfall Record In The Making?

post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 

I was just looking at the snow report for Alyeska and more importantly the total snowfall so far this season, 579" since Nov. 1st and 667" since Oct.1st.  Could they top Mt. Baker's snowfall record?


Edited by cstreu1026 - 2/21/12 at 9:05am
post #2 of 16

I suspect you meant to write "Mt. Baker's record" which is 1140".  That means they need 473 more inches.  Possible, but not probable.

post #3 of 16
Thread Starter 

Mt. Baker would be correct.  I must have had bourbon on the brain or something.  It may not be probable but its nice to look for the silver lining in an otherwise lousy ski season.

 

post #4 of 16

Alyeska snow records.

 

http://www.alyeskaresort.com/mountain/snowfall-history.aspx

 

Weather patterns are still in place but almost 500" more is a lot of snow.

 

Bill

post #5 of 16
Thread Starter 

Anyone know the date's when Mt. Baker started measuring during their record year?

post #6 of 16

Out of interest Niseko (Japan) has had 1817cm (715 inches) season to date

post #7 of 16
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Originally Posted by cstreu1026 View Post

Anyone know the date's when Mt. Baker started measuring during their record year?


The record is for one entire snow year that starts in the summer (July 1?) and goes for the entire year, so the record will be for a season rather than a calendar year.  This is standard in the US as far as I know.

 

post #8 of 16

Well two months later where are we standing now with these totals?

post #9 of 16

748 and 836.  Not likely to break the record, it would seem.

post #10 of 16
Thread Starter 

For a while it looked like Baker might have a chance to break it's own record but this has been such a weird winter.

post #11 of 16
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Originally Posted by cstreu1026 View Post

For a while it looked like Baker might have a chance to break it's own record but this has been such a weird winter.


I never got that feeling.  In the record year the clouds came in, set up, and never quit from November to late March.  It was hell in the lowlands, rain, rain, rain, and no snow at all, not even one day as I remember it.  The snow level stayed locked at around 2000 ft. all season and it just snowed itself silly in the mountains.  "Too much snow" actually had meaning.

 

This year was not like that.  It has had long snowy periods, but also breaks, a few small rain events, but no pineapple expresses.  A good year on the whole. 

 

post #12 of 16

Alyeska's website says 863" since October 1st. That is measured at the top of the ski area.

While it is possible there will be more snow, especially higher on the mountain, it seems like we are about done.

A big snow year, but not a record. The resort is closed today because of a big slide of wet snow.

But the ski area is scheduled to operate daily until April 29th and then weekends throughout May.

post #13 of 16

As a comparison Mt. Baker reports 777" of snowfall through March, which makes for a big snow year.  So Alyaska's total is pretty darned impressive.

post #14 of 16
Thread Starter 
There was an article I read that speculated that Baker could see record snow fall but like much of this season around the country the snow stopped falling as quickly as it began.
post #15 of 16

Now that it is the middle of May, here is what the resort's website says: 

"Total Snowfall This Season:
93" in May only, 872" since Nov. 1st and 960" since Oct.1st"

It may not be a record, but it has been quite a season. This photo was taken today (May 18th).

IMGP1344.jpg

 

 

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post #16 of 16
Thread Starter 

93 inches...in May!eek.gif

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