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Massive Snow Fall Causes City to Shrink(Anchorage,AK Global Warming Alert!LOL)
KTUU-TV.com ^ | Jan. 24, 2007 | Rebecca Palsha

Posted on 01/25/2007 8:18:14 AM PST by kellynla

Anchorage, Alaska - Anchorage has been hit with more than 74 inches of snow this season, and according to the city, it's reaching a crisis level, with snow removal on the streets becoming a big problem.

The roads are looking smaller these days around town, as two-lane roads are quickly becoming one. The city can plow the roads, but where it can remove the snow to another location is a problem.

It is a long, tiring day for Joyce Elliston.

"I've lived in Alaska since 1967 and I don't remember ever having this much snow before," Elliston said.

It's everywhere, covering her cars and her house. Digging out from 74 inches of snow is slow going for everyone.

"It's just a small street and with the added snow, I don't know where we're going to put it all," said Elliston.

That's a problem even the city faces. The city can plow it off the road, but then what? It's not legal to move the snow onto people's property, so it all starts piling up, leaving drivers with skinny streets.

"Makes it a lot more difficult to access houses," said fireman Jeff Hoke from Station 14

That's scary news for the Anchorage Fire Department.

"The rigs are hard to maneuver. Their big and with the added snow and already narrow streets, it makes it a lot more difficult for us," said Hoke.

The city is already $2 million over budget for snow removal this season, and says the situation is nearing crisis, with clearing crews working six day weeks.

And it won't be completely done until the white stuff turns into the wet stuff.

City officials says Anchorage has been hit with twice the amount of snow that typically falls during the winter, and the season is only half over potentially.

The city also says that only police can write tickets for illegally-parked cars due to snow accumulation, or for residents pushing snow into streets.

But community service operators have been working these past two weeks taking information about illegal snow removers and passing that information on to police, who can then either write a ticket or give a warning.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; US: Alaska
KEYWORDS: alaska; globalwarming; globalwarmingfraud; shrinkage; snow

1 posted on 01/25/2007 8:18:17 AM PST by kellynla
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To: kellynla

This looks like a job for the Hummer.


2 posted on 01/25/2007 8:19:58 AM PST by edcoil (Reality doesn't say much - doesn't need too)
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To: kellynla
Compared to Alaska, Colorado's winter has been very mild, indeed.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

3 posted on 01/25/2007 8:20:47 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: kellynla
But community service operators have been working these past two weeks taking information about illegal snow removers and passing that information on to police, who can then either write a ticket or give a warning.

Now that's a good way to foster cooperation.

4 posted on 01/25/2007 8:21:06 AM PST by randog (What the...?!)
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To: edcoil
Somebody hand Al Bore a snow-shovel! LOL
5 posted on 01/25/2007 8:21:31 AM PST by kellynla (Freedom of speech makes it easier to spot the idiots! Semper Fi!)
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To: kellynla

My sister lives in Anchorage and she told me it doesn't snow anymore in Anchorage because of global warming. She says that global warming is also the reason that polar bears are becoming cannibals....sigh!


6 posted on 01/25/2007 8:22:13 AM PST by TMD (Get Planned Parenthood out of our schools!)
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To: kellynla
Didn't you see the day after tomorrow? The super ice age snowstorms are on there way all because we did not listen!
>sarc<

Bad winter for the greens.
7 posted on 01/25/2007 8:22:38 AM PST by spikeytx86 (Pray for Democrats for they have been brainwashed by their fruity little club.)
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To: edcoil

I don't see how Bill Clinton's "hummer" would help, but it does seem like a good opportunity for Al Gore to go on up there and deliver one of his speeches.


8 posted on 01/25/2007 8:22:50 AM PST by Emmett McCarthy
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To: kellynla

This is the real puzzle for scientists?: Why does Global Warming only seem to occur during the Summer??? Paging Heidi Culen!


9 posted on 01/25/2007 8:24:58 AM PST by Bommer (If people evolved from apes, why are there still apes?)
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To: kellynla

What? No FEMA cards? No "Bush's Fault"? No billions for snow removal?


10 posted on 01/25/2007 8:25:48 AM PST by JennysCool (Blink 182 isn't just a band, it's Nancy Pelosi's per-minute average.)
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To: kellynla

Winter=cold=snow. Live with it. Global Warming...Geez!


11 posted on 01/25/2007 8:25:48 AM PST by Don Corleone (Leave the gun..take the cannoli)
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To: kellynla

Cold causes shrinkage? Who woulda thought?


12 posted on 01/25/2007 8:26:59 AM PST by AmishDude (It doesn't matter whom you vote for. It matters who takes office.)
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To: kellynla

"But community service operators have been working these past two weeks taking information about illegal snow removers and passing that information on to police, who can then either write a ticket or give a warning."

Uhhhh.....

Illegal snow removers?


13 posted on 01/25/2007 8:27:11 AM PST by TWohlford
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To: kellynla

I don't know what the average temperatures in Anchorage are this winter compared to normal, but people do understand that a location that's normally pretty cold can actually have much higher snowfall than normal ALONG with having above-normal temperatures, right?


14 posted on 01/25/2007 8:27:55 AM PST by Strategerist
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To: kellynla

We were planning to go to Anchorage for the Iditarod in March. We cancelled because the frequent flyer tickets didn't work out. Worse, the musher we were going to cheer from Michigan had to drop out because he hasn't been able to train his dog team. No snow here.


15 posted on 01/25/2007 8:28:01 AM PST by cyclotic (Support Cub Scouting-Raising boys to be men, and politically incorrect at the same time.)
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To: kellynla

In Chicago they loaded the snow in trucks and dumped it outside of town.

Some years it would last until the next winter.


16 posted on 01/25/2007 8:29:28 AM PST by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: goldstategop
Well, I just checked, and temperatures in Anchorage in December were 3.5 degrees ABOVE normal - January monthly climate report isn't out till after the month is over.

People need to make INTELLIGENT arguments against GW - simply gloating over a bunch of snow is meaningless, because like a said, in a location that's normally below freezing pretty much all winter, you not only can have greatly increased snowfall with temperatures ABOVE average, it's actually likely (because moist ocean airmasses tend to be a bit warmer than really cold and dry continental airmasses.

17 posted on 01/25/2007 8:34:09 AM PST by Strategerist
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To: kellynla

Dear Rebecca, you are a journalist. You likely have an editor. You are both lazy or incompetent or careless, or all of the above. Take a look at the verbatim quote from your article and tell me what's wrong with it.

""The rigs are hard to maneuver. Their big and with the added snow and already narrow streets, it makes it a lot more difficult for us," said Hoke."

-or-

Deer Rebecca, your a journalist. You likely have a editor. Your both lazy or incontinent or careless or both. Take a look at the verbatim quote from you're article and tell me whats wrong with it.




Now, about the actual topic ...

It'll take warmer weather to increase arctic snowfall. From a precipitation standpoint, the climate above the arctic circle is frozen desert.

Increased snowfall up north IS consistent with a warmer, higher-moisture weather system ... which may indeed be part of a gradual climate change. I can deal with that. Climate cooling over the ages reduced snowfall, now it can increase if the [actual] climate model shifts.


18 posted on 01/25/2007 8:39:44 AM PST by Blueflag (Res ipsa loquitor)
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To: Strategerist

FYI it actually has to warm up before it snows here unless its windy which does happen a lot when it near or under zero and blows the snow in drifts. I have over 3 feet around my house here about 50 miles north of Anchorage, Valdez has over 27 FEET! We get light ice crystals under 20 degrees and basically because its semi-arid here we usually get dry snow, when I lived in the Sierra Nevada I have seen 3 feet of snow fall in less than 12 hours and its very very wet, have to use chains, we just use studded snow tires here.

Global warming? yeah right...I will say yes when I see polar bears sipping pina coladas.


19 posted on 01/25/2007 8:41:06 AM PST by Eye of Unk
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To: kellynla
Well, who are you going to believe, AlGore or your own lying eyes. Just ignore the white stuff on the ground and give Al his Oscar.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w-ogUCrZafY

 

20 posted on 01/25/2007 8:43:53 AM PST by txroadkill
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To: Kathy in Alaska

Global warming ping


21 posted on 01/25/2007 8:46:17 AM PST by Arrowhead1952 (The terrorists have many allies in the United States, especially in the democrat party.)
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To: kellynla

Well, I read an article last week that said that even though the East coast enjoyed warm weather this fall and early winter, the rest of the world was experiencing one of the coldest winters.


22 posted on 01/25/2007 8:48:17 AM PST by Eva
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To: kellynla; Kathy in Alaska; All

HEY KATHY are you get this much snow???


23 posted on 01/25/2007 8:53:45 AM PST by SevenofNine ("Step aside Jefe"=Det Lennie Briscoe)
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To: goldstategop
In Colorado today we're supposed to see 55 degrees and do some serious melting. I'll take that! Maybe I will be able to see my drive someday!

Just repeat after me, "this is consistent with our models." (Of course, every kind of weather is.)

24 posted on 01/25/2007 8:56:44 AM PST by colorado tanker
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To: kellynla
Don't you understand? Global warming means more snow. I saw it on Discovery Channel.

These same people will never believe that a tax cut will provide increased revenue.

25 posted on 01/25/2007 8:57:48 AM PST by Defiant (Hillary 2008: Because America needs a nude erection.)
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To: kellynla

The basis for new glaciers, the ice age is coming!


26 posted on 01/25/2007 9:03:20 AM PST by dalereed
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To: Strategerist

I just posted this article as a fun piece...


But you reeeeely don't buy into this "global warming" now do you...I mean the temps have been rising and falling for decades ever since we've been recording them. From the 1860's to the 1940's the temperatures were warmer while from the 1940's to the 1950's, they were colder...it's cyclical...nothing more, nothing less.


27 posted on 01/25/2007 9:09:18 AM PST by kellynla (Freedom of speech makes it easier to spot the idiots! Semper Fi!)
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To: Strategerist
I don't know what the average temperatures in Anchorage are this winter compared to normal

Colder than normal.

28 posted on 01/25/2007 9:16:14 AM PST by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: Strategerist
Well, I just checked, and temperatures in Anchorage in December were 3.5 degrees ABOVE normal

Go back and check November.

29 posted on 01/25/2007 9:17:04 AM PST by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: Arrowhead1952; SevenofNine
I can attest to the streets becoming one lane in Anchorage. I live on the east side and we have LOTS of snow. Our cul-da-sac just got plowed early, early this morning...and some of it is one lane. Then getting out to a main drag is also 1 lane at times and is a bus route...

The mailbox...

New camera...settings not figured out yet.

30 posted on 01/25/2007 9:30:27 AM PST by Kathy in Alaska (~ God Bless and Protect Our Brave Protectors of Freedom~)
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To: goldstategop
"Compared to Alaska, Colorado's winter has been very mild, indeed."

I live up the hill from Sacramento, CA. For the first time since I moved here in 1981, my pool is frozen solid and has been for two weeks or more. The ice is about 1.5" thick! While this might--I say might--serve as evidence of climate change, it certainly doesn't suggest global warming.
31 posted on 01/25/2007 9:30:49 AM PST by raftguide
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To: Strategerist; goldstategop

The national weather service shows Anchorage mean temperature to be 10° colder than normal in November and 0.6° colder for the year.

http://www.nws.noaa.gov/climate/index.php?wfo=pafc


32 posted on 01/25/2007 9:39:48 AM PST by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: kellynla

Snow is pretty when it first falls,but it sure gets ugly after laying around a while. I would think they could find a place top put it in a big State like that i know they used to dump it in the River here. Hauling it is expensive however.


33 posted on 01/25/2007 9:48:24 AM PST by sgtbono2002 (Peace through strength.)
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To: kellynla

Doesn't Anchorage get an average total of 70 inches of snow per year?

And aren't the top ten seasonal record total snowfalls well over 100 inches?

Whining wimps!

That's far less than, say, Buffalo, New York, or most of Michigan.


34 posted on 01/25/2007 9:54:35 AM PST by hlmencken3 (Originalist on the the 'general welfare' clause? No? NOT an originalist!)
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To: Kathy in Alaska

Send that picture to Algore to prove his charges of global warming! < /sarcasm>


35 posted on 01/25/2007 10:04:42 AM PST by Arrowhead1952 (The terrorists have many allies in the United States, especially in the democrat party.)
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To: Blueflag
"Increased snowfall up north IS consistent with a warmer, higher-moisture weather system ... which may indeed be part of a gradual climate change. I can deal with that. Climate cooling over the ages reduced snowfall, now it can increase if the [actual] climate model shifts."

We are coming out of a cycle that started with an Ice Age. It warmed, ice melted, it grew warmer. As it warms the atmosphere holds more water, which is taken up to high latitudes, where even higher temperatures are below freezing, more water precipitates as snow further north. Enough snow lasting through the summer, and ice starts to build. Soon you have a continental ice sheet plowing down out of Canada and the cycle starts again. What does this mean? Time to buy your grandchildren land in Costa Rica.
36 posted on 01/25/2007 11:05:47 AM PST by Pete from Shawnee Mission
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To: kellynla
Well, they can always do what the plow drivers do around here - take a three-lane street and plow half of the outside lanes to the side of the road and half of it into the middle lane. Problem solved.

Oh, yeah, if you want to change lanes or turn left you have to wait until spring... ;-)

37 posted on 01/25/2007 11:14:16 AM PST by Billthedrill
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To: kellynla; RightWhale
Somebody hand Al Bore a snow-shovel!

Heck no! You think the weather's bad in Anchorage now, just wait until Al shows up!

38 posted on 01/25/2007 11:17:02 AM PST by uglybiker (AU-TO-MO-BEEEEEEEL?!!)
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To: kellynla
Back when the media thought we were heading into a new "Ice Age", one of the theories was that of a "Snow Blitz".
39 posted on 01/25/2007 11:21:47 AM PST by Vortex (Garbage in, Garbage Out)
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To: uglybiker

-20 now, maybe 18" snow all winter, all still on the ground. Slightly colder and dryer than average. Global warming ended a decade ago.


40 posted on 01/25/2007 12:21:29 PM PST by RightWhale (Repeal the law of the excluded middle)
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To: hlmencken3

Thanks

BTW Joyce Elliston is an idiot. The local newspaper is a left leaning rag, at best. I have seen more snow, this stuff is just a pain because of bad city management. The current mayor is a Dem, surprise....



Worst I saw was St Paddys Day, '01, IIRC. Snowed 3 feet in 24 hours. I wimped out and took the day off.


41 posted on 01/25/2007 1:11:31 PM PST by ASOC (The phrase "What if" or "If only" are for children.)
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To: kellynla

I live 40 miles south of Anchorage (in the mountains next to Prince William Sound. We have had 290 inches so far this year (445 inches midway up our ski area. Heavy snow and 60+ mph winds today. Looks like I have to shovel again when I get home tonight!


42 posted on 01/25/2007 3:21:40 PM PST by Species8472 (We will never forget !)
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To: ASOC
Worst I saw was St Paddys Day, '01, IIRC. Snowed 3 feet in 24 hours.

Stumpys storm - Girdwood; Jan 28 - 31, 2000, 17 feet of snow in three days. (Best skiing of the century!)

43 posted on 01/25/2007 3:25:33 PM PST by Species8472 (We will never forget !)
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To: kellynla
"I've lived in Alaska since 1967 and I don't remember ever having this much snow before," Elliston said.

Now there's a line that the editors of NY Times, WashPost, MSM
etc. won't let into print.
Unless the senior editors have departed on Fri Noon for a pub-crawl!
44 posted on 01/25/2007 3:27:19 PM PST by VOA
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To: goldstategop
I was in anch last week, snow 4 foot deep in yards but no big deal.

Here in interior, snow don't bother me, minus 55 don't faze me, but the short light hours screw alot of the locals up.

Usually come every february, someone is wavin a pistol around. Last feb, had a local nut case tell me people been shot around here. I told him ya I got alot of guns too; you wanna start a war do you; and he stumbled back to his snowmachine swearing up a storm. Of course he was one of the churchies that wears it on his shirtsleeve. Lack of that big yellow sun creeping behind the mnt tops is much worse than snowpack.

45 posted on 01/25/2007 7:54:21 PM PST by Eska
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