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Old 02-08-2014, 01:34 PM
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If one believes in climate change. That 110' snowfall event probably won't happen again anytime soon.

And now that I said it, next year, Valdez will have 120'...

That must have been something, climbing out the second story window to shovel your way down to the first floor door. Good thing you had at least a 2 story house.
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Old 02-08-2014, 01:49 PM
Location: Valdez, Alaska
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Originally Posted by starlite9 View Post
Valdez gets 30+ feet of snow a year annually on average, having 40 feet isn't much of a differance in the bigger picture, they simply use loaders to plow instead of pickups. The national news showed the town as a lost cause and the world was ending (persay).

My statement basically is, it was just a flash in the pan. That may be the first time you have ever seen the road closed (in recent memory) by snow since you moved there, but I have seen it over a number of years happen living there, just to the newer guys it is a big event. Did you know that Thompson Pass had/has the record for deep snowfall, some 110+ feet in the 1950's, which is a lot more than you've seen this year.

Nothing really changed there this year, some years there is less, some years there is more. I use to have to crawl out my second story window in Valdez to shovel the snow off the front porch to access it from inside. When we would open the door, they was nothing to see but the imprint of the door in the snow that had caved in onto the porch.

But I would bet you have had a kick butt snowmachine season as well!
No dude, we have not had a "kick butt" season. This winter has been horrible. One of the worst in most people's memories, and I'm talking about people who have lived here for decades. We have had too little snow and far too much rain. I don't know why you can't understand that. The road is closed several times a year, usually for several hours to perhaps a day at a time. That's normal. This was not, and continuing to claim that it is shows that you have no idea what you're talking about. This event was not caused simply by abundant snowfall. Just because the national media is a bunch of twits and we were able to deal with this without too much disruption to our lives does not mean that it was a normal event.

And about having to climb out the window, it simply sounds like you had a poorly designed house where the roof shed right in front of the door. We could get five feet overnight and not have to do that.
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Old 02-08-2014, 03:47 PM
Location: Anchorage Suburbanites and part time Willowbillies
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When I lived in a North Slope village there were many times people had to get out of their homes through a window because the doors were blocked by blowing snow. The houses are built on pilings, due to permafrost, so it would be like being on a second floor.

There were times that the homes were so buried that the only thing showing was the CB antenna. The local public works would have to use a large Cat loader to dig the family out.
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