Valdez, Alaska "Snow Capital of Alaska"
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|Valdez, Alaska has the distinction of being
the snowiest town in Alaska. The annual average snowfall is 305.8
The winter of 1989-90 is in the record books as the snowiest winter ever for Valdez with a total of 560.7 inches (46 feet) of snowfall. A daily record was set on January 16, 1990 with 45.7 inches of snowfall in just 24 hours!. And on January 17, 1990 a new snow depth record of 108 inches was set in Valdez.
The photo on the left was taken on July 2, 2008.
|The photo on the left was taken on July 2,
It shows the remaining snow pile left over from the Winter of 2007-08. For scale, I am standing in front of the snow pile (look carefully) and I am 6 feet tall, making the remaining snow pile almost 12 feet tall.
The following informational photo poster was located next to the snow plows
|If you look carefully, there is a tall, several story high,
pile of snow just past the dark building located north of the all blue
building (under the letter S of the word "Storing". Note the car
parked at the base of the snow pile to see how tall the snow pile is in
comparison. It is difficult to read the text in this poster that I
photographed in Valdez, so I will reproduce it here:
Thanks to glacial deposits we live on the
biggest tract of flat ground within
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