Another record for the counters to consider.

By: hcubed , 9:02 AM GMT on April 08, 2012

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Before the article about the record, a reminder from a climate scientist about what to expect from CAGW:

"...According to Dr David Viner, a senior research scientist at the climatic research unit (CRU) of the University of East Anglia, within a few years winter snowfall will become "a very rare and exciting event".

"Children just aren't going to know what snow is," he said..."

This pearl was given to us way back in March 2000.

So here we are, 12 years later, and now the news:

"...(CNN) -- While winter is a distant memory for most Americans, it continues unabated in Anchorage, Alaska -- where a new bout of precipitation this weekend helped the city break its record for seasonal snowfall, at more than 133 inches (3.38 meters).

Some 3.4 inches of snow -- and counting -- had fallen as of 4 p.m. (8 p.m. ET) Saturday in Anchorage, according to the National Weather Service.

That brought the seasonal total for the city to 133.6 inches -- breaking the record of 132.6 inches, set in 1954-1955.

And with snow continuing to fall into early Sunday morning, the figure promises to get even larger.

"Okay...now the records broken, could you please make the snow go away??!!" wrote one commenter of the Facebook page of the weather service's Alaska division.

Another said, "Oh, it's not chilly. I'm wearing a tee-shirt and shorts while cooking outside and enjoying this beautiful springtime weather @ 35 degrees."

While snow is nothing new to Alaskans, this year's record haul in Anchorage is notable given that the average seasonal snowfall is 74.5 inches.

And it's also striking considering that, elsewhere in the United States, this past winter was known more for its warmth than its white stuff.

Across the United States, the 2011-2012 winter season was the fourth warmest ever recorded, according to the National Climatic Data Center.

The agency's report, issued in March, found that a relative dearth of snow throughout the contiguous United States contributed to snow cover levels in North America being the fourth lowest since such records were first kept.

Still, as much as Anchorage residents can revel in being standouts when it comes to snow in their country, they hardly merit top billing in their own state.

Other record-setters in the state include Haines, a community about 92 miles north of Juneau that saw about 360 inches of snow for the 2011-2012 season -- smashing the previous record of 309 inches set five years ago, according to the weather service..."

So, let's count. Average snowfall, 74.5 inches. Snowfall to date in Anchorage, 133.6 inches - an unprecedented 59.1 inches ABOVE average.

And, as they mentioned, the city of Haynes broke a record too. They went an unprecedented 51 inches above their old record - one set only five years ago.

That new record stands at an unprecedented 360 inches of snow. 30 feet of snow.

Sounds like extreme weather to me - the kind that CAGW predicts. The kind of severe weather that Dr Viner was warning us about.

But it's obvious that Dr David Viner wasn't talking about ALASKAN children 12 years ago. They definitely know what snow is this year.

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Living in Biloxi MS, have been here since '85 (first Hurricane was Elena).