Alaska sets snow records

Moose crossing near Anchorage AK, USA (AP photo)

When it came to snow during the winter of 2011-12 in New Brunswick, we had nothing to complain about – especially compared to Alaska where it has snowed and snowed and snowed some more.

In Anchorage, Alaska’s largest city, it is still snowing this weekend and a new winter record of 342 cm has been set – beating the previous benchmark from the 1950’s.

At the height of the snow overload, streets became snow-walled canyons that shielded homes and roofs collapsed on many older commercial buildings.

But the Anchorage snow total still pales in comparison to the town of Haines on Alaska’s Panhandle, which has recorded 915 cm of snow this winter – smashing its previous record of 784 cm set five years ago.

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