Is there snow in Alaska? Of course it's like that. But the reality of snowfall Alaska can be very different from Alaska's popular snow concept
Many people conceive Alaska as a barren land where it is constantly being sunk in huge quantities and where everyone lives in an igloo. Alaska Sounds Like Cold And White Land
In fact, Alaska has more lakes, rivers and green trees than any US country. The state is very green and rich for most of the year.
Alaska Snowfall Totals
Here are some average annual rainfalls and snowflakes for the cross section of Alaska
] Anchor — 15.37 "precipitation —- 69.0" snowfall
——- 4.67 "———– 28.0"
Fairbanks —- 10.37 "———– 68.0"
Homer – —— 24.93 "———– 58.0"
Juneau —— 52.86 "———– 101.0"
McGrath —– 16.18 "———– 93.0"
Name ——- – 15.64 "———– 56.0"
Valdez ——- 61.50 "———– 320.0"
For comparison, Buffalo, New York, receives an average of 80 "to 100" snow a year. Some parts of New York, similarly affected by their proximity to the Great Lakes, receive an average of about 150 "to 200" snowfalls per year. HUNKER, New York, received 466 "snow in the winter of 1976-1977.
Minneapolis, Minnesota, received their heaviest seasonal snowfall a total of 98" in the winter of 1983-1984
As you can see from Alaska surpasses most of Alaska, which is relatively dry, receiving less than 20 degrees per year, while southern and southeastern coastal areas receive much more rainfall
Far from the north of Alaska there are sludge, characteristic for the desert. only 4.67 inches of moisture.Of course, most of this amount is in the form of snow.Thanks to the ice under the soil and the lack of intensive drying, sunshine and evaporation are minimal.Therefore, northern Alaska is not dry Alaska Snowfall Records
It is always interesting to hear about extremes and can certainly be found in Alaska.For example, Thompson Pass, a famous extreme ski and snowboard north of Valdez, once received a record 974.5 "snow in the winter of 1952-1953.
Tomp a sleep pass recorded 62 "snow over a single 24-hour period in December, 1955. In February 1953, the Thompson Pass received a record of 297.9 snow, which is almost 25 feet of snow in just one month
The deepest snow pack in Alaska and the deepest in North America that occurred in the Ulyverine glacier on the Kenai Peninsula in the winter of 1976-1977. The Depth was 356 ". This is full, condensed snow. By comparison, Barrow, in the dry north, received a record minimum of snow in the winter of 1935-1936, only 3 "
Here are a few other extremes for total rainfall In 1976, the Montague Island received a record of 332.29 grams It is almost one centimeter of rain per day, on the other hand, Barrow receives only 1.61 "of rainfall throughout 1935.
Alaska stores a huge amount of fresh water in its glaciers. An astonishing 75% of the world's freshwater is held in the glaciers around the world and Alaska holds more (19659002) Alaska has more than 5,000 glaciers covering more than 100,000 square miles. Alaskan has more glaciers than the rest of the world together, except on the ice fields of Antarctica and Greenland
] Valdez, Switzerland north
Valdes is located on the southern central bank of Alaska and receives an average of over 300 "snow every year. The Canyon, located a few kilometers north of B, Ledeis is home to several frozen waterfalls and makes Valdes a destination for world class ice climbers.
Thompson Pass, north of Valdes, boasts some of the best helicopters available for extreme skiing and snowboarding It is no wonder that Valdez is called "Switzerland to the north."
Each year, Valdez carries a winter carnival, and during the winter carnival in 1990, the snowfall passes through the 500-inch mark. As part of the winter celebration, the city shows the movie "Back to the Beach" on a 20 foot to 18 foot screen that has been sculptured by
Snow is crystalline frozen ice, and the size and shape of the crystals depend on the temperature of their formation of the snow quantity of water vapor present during formation
Pure snow crystals are hexagonal, six-sided. The basic water molecule consists of two atoms of hydrogen and one oxygen atom and forms a triangle of three equal sides. During crystallization, each new crystal ice (k the crystallization falls through the atmosphere, becomes larger and larger and its six-sided structure becomes the framework for the more complex snowflakes
Com monoforms of snowflakes include stars, needles, flat planes, columns, restricted columns, dendrites and irregular groups. Some snowflakes can be 1 in diameter.
For one of the most interesting human stories about snowflakes, think of Wilson Bentley, who has acquired the nickname Snowflake Bentley because he is the first person to photograph a snow crystallized in 1885. He taught over 5000 snowflakes and said there were no two snowflakes were just one quote that was passed down from generation to generation anonymously since then
In 1931, the year when Snowflake Bentley passed away, he published a book titled Snow Crystals which contains over 2400 images of Snezhanka Bentley
There are 52 words in Eskimo, Inuit or Jupiter language for snow, but it is also said to have 21 words, and also says , that it has more than 400.
The idea that since snow is so important in the lives of northern peoples, there must be a lot of words to describe that it has reached the level of myth The truth of the matter is that probably there are about as many Eskimo words about snow as there are English words for snow. Alaska Senator Ted Stevens, "Alaska is more affected by global climate change than any other place in the world." Global warming has been a trend for many years, but very few places show so many consequences of the trend as Alaska. The average temperature has risen by almost 7 degrees over the past 30 years.
Changes due to the warming climate mean, for example, that constant freezing in Fairbanks and other cities is no longer permanent. The earth has collapsed due to the melting of the frozen parts and the hydraulic jacks are needed in many buildings to maintain the same. To the north, to Barrow, there are now mosquitoes where there is no one.
In the coastal village of Shishmaref, growing water eliminates land under rural buildings. The family may have to move in the sea
Deadly beetles have killed 4 million acres of white spruce forests on the picturesque Kenai Peninsula, the largest insect destruction ever experienced in North America. Beetles could be replicated twice as high as normal speed due to higher summer temperatures. Dead trees pose a huge fire hazard in many populated areas and the main entertainment areas are at risk.
Ice flies retreat at incredible speed. Portage Glacier, south of Anchorage, has retreated so much over the past 20 years that it is no longer visible from the visitors' center. Colonial Globe by Prince William Smur is currently the fastest moving glacier in the world, retreating from 80 to 115 feet a day. It has decreased more than 6 miles since 1982.
There are still many glaciers and heavy snow in Alaska, but the changes are happening at an increased speed and will have global effects
Source by Garry Gamber