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Giant Snowdrifts & The Worlds Snowiest Places
While giant snowdrifts are a commonplace in some parts of the world the last few weeks have seen the UK hit by some of the worst snow in decades causing this giant snow canyon to form in the Lake District.
Although Quebec City has warm summers with average highs of 25C, the winter brings extreme cold with average highs of just -6C, lows of -18C and an average of 124 inches of snow over the 165 day season. If you thought getting your car de-iced and out the driveway were a struggle over the last few weeks, take a look at these photos for some real wintery conditions!
And I thought clearing 6 inches of snow off my drive last week was a chore. I think we should count ourselves lucky looking at those! A driveway is one thing but digging out your entire house is another!
It seems that the only way to commute is to build yourself a car igloo or employ alternative forms of transport. I'm afraid I can't say I've ever had to park my snowmobile on the roof of my house and use a skylight or window as my front door in the UK!
Here's one money saving way to insulate your home in the winter months, it's certainly cheaper than fibreglass and why not save on electricity as well as the heating bill by using nature's very own fridge!
While Quebec City may be one of the snowiest metropolitan areas in the world, the village of Damls in the Austrian Alps was officially named the World's Snowiest Village with an average of 9.3 metres of snow per year.
Damls sits at an altitude of between 1430 and 2100 metres in the Northern Alps and receives such an incredible amount of snow due to stalled weather patterns behind the mountains. The consistent and massive snowfall makes the town an incredibly popular ski destination with 93km of ski runs, 22 lifts, 16 cross-country ski trails, 22.5km of winter hiking trails and a 3.5km natural toboggan run. It really is a beautiful place.
While the extremes are a benefit to Damls, this isn't the case when the snow hits hard in Russia. Check out these pictures of a real Russian winter.
With the big freeze about to set back in here, taking a look at the pictures above makes what we've just experienced look like a little bit of winter frost! It will certainly make me think twice before I give up on getting my car out on a morning.
While the Canadian and Russian winters are notorious, here are some more places famous for their dramatic snowfall come winter:
Mount Rainier is actually a 14,203 foot high active volcano, part of the Cascade Mountain Range, situated in Pierce County, Washington in the Mount Rainier National Park just south of Seattle. Between February 1971 and 1972 the mountain saw 1224 inches of snow, a new record for the USA!
Mount Baker, Washington
Mount Baker is another active volcano in the Cascade Mountain Range and sits around 4000 feet lower that Mount Rainier at 10,781 feet. Despite Mount Rainier seeing a record amount of snow between February 1971 and 1972, the official 'snow season' falls between July 1st and June 30th and ts during this period that Mount Baker saw the record snowfall for a single season, a staggering 1140 inches! Photo credit
Silver Dollar Lake, Colorado
Although the average yearly snowfall at Silver Dollar Lake, Colorado isn't too dramatic, on the 14th April 1921 this area witnessed the largest amount of snow in a single day in US history. Records show that the snow began at 2:30pm, by the afternoon of the following day 75.8 inches had fallen and by the time the storm subsided an astounding 87 inches of snow had fallen!
Syrcause, New York
Due to the nor'easter snow and lake effect from the nearby Lake Ontario, Syracuse in the state of New York takes the crown of 'America's Snowiest City'. The city, with a population of over 140,000 has received an average of 115.6 inches per year in recent times and has a massive record snowfall of 192.1 inches in a single year. The state of New York in general is the snowiest state in the US, of the 15 cities with the highest annual snowfall, 10 of them are situated in New York.
Even Europe doesn't miss out on monster snow, check out this wall of snow on the Grobglockner Pass going into Croatia.
Here are the official stats for the snowiest places in America:
The top 10 highest average annual snowfall per year:
* 1. Rainer Paradise Ranger Station, Washington - 676 inches
* 2. Mt. Baker Ski Area, Washington - 647 inches
* 3. Valdez, Alaska - 326 inches
* 4. Mt. Washington, New Hampshire - 261 inches
* 5. Blue Canyon, California - 240 inches
* 6. Yakutat, Alaska - 191 inches
* 7. Marquette, Michigan - 144 inches
* 8. Syracuse, New York - 118 inches
* 9. Sault Ste Marie, Michigan - 117 inches
* 10. Talkeetna, Alaska - 115 inches
The largest annual snowfall for America's 10 snowiest states:
* Thomson Pass, Alaska - 974 inches between 1952 & 1953
* Crater Lake National Park, Oregon - 822 inches between 1948 & 1949
* Alta, Utah - 811 inches between 1983 & 1984
* Echo Summit, California - 747 inches between 1982 & 1983
* Stevens Pass, Washington - 621 inches between 1964 & 1965
* Wolf Creek Pass, Colorado - 520 inches between 1947 & 1948
* Snake River, Wyoming - 382 inches between 1975 & 1976
* Roland West Portal, Idaho - 380 inches between 1945 & 1946
* Hooker 12 NNW, New York - 380 inches between 1978 & 1979
* Summit, Montana - 369 inches between 1942 & 1943
Heaviest snowfall in a single day:
* 1. Georgetown, Colorado - 63 inches on 04/12/1913
* 2. Thompson Pass, Alaska - 62 inches on 29/12/1955
* 3. Giant Forest, California - 60 inches on 19/01/1933
* 4. Millegan, Montana - 48 inches on 27/12/2003
* 5. Gunn's Ranch, Washington - 48 inches on 21/01/1935
* 6. Deadwood, South Dakota - 47 inches on 14/03/1973
* 7. Watertown, New York - 45 inches on 15/11/1900
* 8. Cannon Mountain, New Hampshire - 41 inches on 04/12/1963
* 9. Heber Ranger Station, Arizona - 38 inches on 14/12/1967
* 10. Morgantown, Pennsylvania - 38 inches on 20/03/1958
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