Anchorage still shoveling snow after record year

“We’ll be lucky if it’s gone by October or November,” said Glenn Ball, owner of American Landscaping.

Three bulldozer operators worked on the 4th of July trying to break down mountains of snow still towering over parts of Anchorage after the city broke its annual snowfall record of 132.6 inches.

Their job is to scrape off a top layer of gravel on the pile every day or so, because the gravel can insulate the snow and slow its melt.

“I don’t know how high it is now, looks like about 80 feet,” said Ball, as he looked up at what he estimated to be about 280,000 cubic yards of leftovers.

Eighty feet! That’s eight stories deep!

Cloudy skies and temperatures in the 50s mean it could be at least a few more months before the pile disappears.

“We’ll be lucky if it’s gone by October or November,” he said.

Which means they’ll be lucky if it’s gone before the winter snowstorms begin again.

Here’s a video of one of the bulldozers working on Alaska’s newest glacier:

Thanks to Clay Olson and Jonathan Friend for this link

“It has kinda turned into glacial firn on the spot!” says Jonathan.

12 thoughts on “Anchorage still shoveling snow after record year

  1. —October, November??? Surely by then it will be snowing again and adding to the 80 feet. As has been said before, this is the way Ice Ages start…

    • The Avg first day below freezing in Achorage is mid September…so if there is precip, Mid September would be the start of their snowfall season. They only average 0.5″ in September, but avg 8″ in October

  2. Could a new glacier be building up in Anchorage for the coming ice age.? I have a cousin who wants to move to Alaska because she hates the heat here in SoCal. She just doesn’t get how cold it gets in the winter in Alaska. If this snow pack is still on the ground in October or November. They’ll need to load up on ammo because the bears and wolves will come hunting people for food.

  3. Guys! remember this is the mound they built up scraping the streets, not the level snowpack on the city. It is, however, not a good sign that it won’t melt before the new snow falls. Where will they put next year’s snow? Artificial glaciers in the making.

  4. I was in Anchorage in June. While I didn’t see snow in the city itself, it was unseasonable cold by Alaska standards. The outskirts of town still had plenty of snow.

  5. I bet EPA regs have a lot to do with this. Back in the day they probably dumped it into Pacific.

  6. Montreal has that problem every year. I remember seeing a big snow mound there in July back in the 1980s. It was explained that when they plow the streets, all the snow is dumped in that one area. It never fully melts and is there year round.

  7. That’s kind of all misleading because those are the snow dump sites they refer to. There isn’t snow anywhere else in Anchorage, other than way up high on the mountains, end of avalanche drops, and other areas of alaska that are higher elevations or in the shadows of mountains, and some of the snow-dump areas. I’m pretty sure it’s not uncommon each summer for these dump areas to take longer to get rid of snow of course being dependent on the previous winter’s snow load that happens. And it hasn’t been that much colder than normal – actually quite nice, and still hitting the 70’s on occasion.

    I live in Anchorage so this is not from an outsider point of view. 🙂

  8. And people keep forgetting about Alaska ! All they hear in the lower 48 is the heat wave, but do they know that people are still shoveling snow in Anchorage in July ??

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