Massive snowfall in Alaska. In early December!
7 Dec 2017 – Alaska just reported one of the most extreme snowfall rates on record: 10 inches (25 cm) per hour.
Yesterday at Alaska’s Thompson Pass just outside the town of Valdez, an incredible 10 inches of snow piled up in one hour. That’s about 1.7 inches every 10 minutes.
The dropped another 5 inches of snow in the next 30 minutes, still at the rate of 10 inches per hour. By the time the storm ended, 40 inches (more than one meter) of heavy wet snow had accumulated in 12 hours.
This storm ranks among the most intense snowfalls on record, according to a quick analysis by weather historian Christopher Burt.
Thanks to Don Brown and Argiris Diamantis for these links
“That’s how ice ages begin,” says Argiris. “One moment those mammoths were eating grass, an hour later they were for ever buried in the snow.”