Anchorage Struggling with Too Much Snow

An entire mountain made only of snow.

With its snow dumps almost to capacity, Anchorage, Alaska, is struggling to find places to put its record amounts of snow.

Anchorage has already received more than 100 inches* of snow this year, shattering the annual average of approximately 75 inches. At least one private company has stopped accepting snow, saying their snow dumps are full after receiving 7,000 truckloads of snow this season.

So Anchorage has begun filling its parking lots. In some cases, hundreds of thousands of dump truck loads of snow fill municipal parking lots waiting for the spring thaw. However, some say there’s so much snow it may not all thaw this summer.

Check out this amazing 360-degree view of an Alaska snow dump. Keep in mind this huge pile is nothing but snow, then click “next” to see more shots including a moose grazing on trees at the edge of a neighborhood park in south Anchorage.

The heavy snow throughout south central Alaska has forced more moose to seek food in populated areas.

http://www.weather.com/outlook/weather-news/news/articles/alaska-snow-piles_2012-02-20

Thanks to Brian Inman for these links

Moose photo:
http://www.weather.com/outlook/weather-news/news/articles/alaska-snow-piles_2012-02-20?page=3

*The National Weather Service says 106.7 inches of snow has fallen in Anchorage this winter as of February 15, 2012, well above the average of 74.5 inches.

http://www.weather.com/outlook/weather-news/news/articles/alaska-snow-piles_2012-02-20?page=2


8 thoughts on “Anchorage Struggling with Too Much Snow”

  1. “However, some say there’s so much snow it may not all thaw this summer.” Scary… Robert, isn’t that what you predicted will happen???

  2. I tried to tell a friend about how Alaska has been having way more snow than normal. He retorted that they weren’t because his Alaska magazine didn’t say that.

    Hoo-boy. I guess not everyone understands that glossy magazines are put together MONTHS ahead of time. 😛

  3. It’s actually not *that* bad as it gets made out to be by news sources (i.e. weather.com). I live in Anchorage. Yes we have a lot more snow than usual, but it’s already slowly starting to melt as it usually does this time of year. I don’t think we’ll end up with snow that won’t melt this summer. Maybe high up on the mountains, but not in Anchorage directly.

    • Snow is freshwater, you don’t really want to dump a bunch into saltwater areas (let nature decide how much freshwater mixes into saltwater). Also, most of the snow when it gets plowed it gets other stuff plowed up into it (parts from accidents, crud off the road, bikes, shopping carts — yes i’ve seen those in the snow piles once they all melt).

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