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.
Thanks to Brian Inman for these links
*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.