Anchorage, Alaska Surpasses 57-year-old Record for Snowfall in One Season

Anchorage has surpassed a 57 year old record for snowfall in one season. The old record of 132.6 inches occured in 1954-1955. But with a total of 133.6 inches as of (4 pm Saturday), the winter of 2011-2012 is now the snowiest winter on record in Anchorage.

The city lacked 2.5″ going into Easter weekend. Snow began falling Friday morning with 0.8″ accumulating. A couple additional inches fell overnight Friday and throughout the day Saturday.

The season got off to a slow start. The first snow didn’t arrive until the 30th of october. But each month from November to February experienced above-normal snowfall. November saw the greatest snowfall with 32.4″, close to three-times the average for the month.

By March, Anchorge was on pace to shatter the record, but a slightly below normal month somewhat dimmed the chances of breaking the 1954-55 record. Going into April, 3.3″ were still needed to become the snowiest year ever recorded.

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