Barrow gets record snowfall

Posted: Wednesday, November 14, 2001

BARROW (AP) -- Barrow received a record amount of snow Monday for Nov. 12, the National Weather Service said.

The new record of 2.3 inches broke the old record of 1.7 inches for Nov. 12, set in 1937.

Weather forecaster Adam Futterman in Barrow said the cause of the record snowfall was a combination of abundant moisture in the atmosphere and cold air, as well as low pressure along the Arctic coast.

Barrow's average annual snowfall is a modest 28.7 inches for a normal 12-month period, according to weather service spokesman Dave Vonderheide. By comparison, Anchorage receives a yearly average of 67.6 inches, Juneau receives 104.5 inches and Fairbanks gets 70.8 inches, Vonderheide said.

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