The Paradise area at Mount Rainier (elevation of 5,400 feet) is known for its snowfall. Paradise once held the world record for measured snowfall in single year in 1971-1972: 1,122 inches (93.5 feet/28.5 meters). A new low snowfall record for Paradise was set in 2014-2015 with 266 inches (22.2 feet/6.7 meters), previously set in 1939-1940. Snowfall is measured at the official Paradise weather station and is recorded in inches. To include the full winter season, snowfall is recorded from July 1st to June 30th.
The monkeys are fed barley, soybeans and even apples, depending on the season. In autumn the monkeys have a greater variety of food such as grapes and chestnuts that they can easily find in abundance in the nearby mountains. To keep them around, the caretakers dole out apples to entice them to stay. I learned that the snow monkeys generally are not attracted to human food. Obviously, feeding is intended to entice the monkeys to stay in the park, which attracts tourists. But it is also a way to keep them under observation, and to study their behavior in as close to a natural habitat as possible.
WCNC, noting that snowfall records only go back two decades, reported that the 17 inches of snow that Beech Mountain received this November is the most on record for the month of November. This compares to about 13 inches recorded in 1995 and 2008.
On a side note, Mt. Baker has the record for the snowiest season but Mt. Rainier (@ Paradise) was probably the station that got the most snow. I was told by the persons that collect the weather data up there that the station and the pass were closed for like 3 weeks and that they were unable to collect data for the three weeks. They even have a picture of the visitor center completely covered in snow, so much so you could can only see the chimney. Crazy!
THIS IS NOT THE SNOWIEST PLACE ON EARTH. Paradise in Mt. Rainier National Park has accumulated as much as 93 feet of snow in one year. There are places in Washington State that are far snowier than this place in Japan. This article is INACCURATE and false.
The western Japanese and western American mountains have a winter wet/summer dry climate. The Alps actually get more precipitation in summer and winter, and once you get up to 10,000+ feet some of the summer precipitation is still snow, and only in July/August is it majority rain.
I believe Mt. Baker Washington holds the world record for snow. They had over 1,000 inches in 1992-1993 if I remember correctly. Other very snowy places are Crater Lake, OR which receives 600-700 inches of snow, and Paradise Ranger Station on Mt Ranier, which consistently gets 600-800 inches of snow every winter.
The snowiest place on earth, as far as yearly averages are concerned, might not be the the snowiest place on earth in terms of record breaking yearly snows.When considering the snowiest location on the planet, the the place with the most snowfall is probably not going to be the place with the most snow accumulation. Now, I should point out that this is my own reprisal of the matter, based upon what I know about climate and weather. The snowiest location on earth in terms of both yearly accumulation averages and annual average snowfall averages, is likely to be somewhere in the coast ranges of British Columbia just to the south of the Alaskan panhandle, and north of Vancouver Island. It is here where all the ingrediants needed for persistant big time snows can be found. This region has plenty of mountainous terrain which causes oregraphic lift, is hit by many huge Pacific storms which are infused with rich subtropical moisture and is not so far to the north or south to be exposed to either so much cold dry air as to reduce precipitation rates, or warm air which would prevent accumulation or snow development all together. If this region is not on average the snowiest place on earth, then I am sure that ,that title goes to Montgomery Alabama, where even an inch of snow can shut down the entire city !
That applies to the ski areas on the drier eastern slopes. But the Fox and Franz Josef glacier névés on the western slopes receive over ten meters of precipitation per year. Most of that falls as snow. 1 mm of precipitation is 7 mm to 3 cm of snow. A conservative guess would be at least 30 m / 100 ft of snow per year. How else could glaciers reach down to almost sea level at a latitude of 43 degrees?
No one mentioned the most probably snowiest place on earth. Not even Rainier can really claim this(mount baker probably gets a little more snowfall than Raineir). If there was an accurate way to measure any kind of snowfall from the most remote areas places in the fairweather range, various spots in the Southern Patagonia Icecap and maybe a few other areas like Pico Cristobal Colon in Colombia or Kangto in the eastern Himalayas, they would probably be the snowiest place in the word
This free-ride mecca in the heart of Switzerland has earned a devoted fan base thanks to its above-average snowfall and easy access from Zurich airport (75 minutes by car or two hours by train). Boasting the longest winter season in Switzerland, the resort has conditions suited to all skiing abilities, and experts come to ski the infamous Laub, a 35-degree, 3,937 foot-long off-piste run. The monastery village boasts the most winter Olympic medals in the world. On down days, you can tour the 12th-century Benedictine monastery, including the cheese room where the monks teach cheese making lessons.
Where to stay: Grand Hotel Cervino overlooks the Matterhorn and has a stellar five-star Hermitage Hotel & Spa. The property can arrange adventures ranging from snowshoeing to heliskiing.
Due to its proximity to Siberia, Niseko benefits from weather patterns bringing cold air across the Sea of Japan, where moisture collects and is later dumped in the form of snow across the region. Lots of snow.
Whitewater rafting, hiking, and golfing are just a few of the many ways one can pass the summer months while waiting for those first snowflakes to fall atop Mt. Yotei, signaling the beginning of a new winter season.
As if on schedule, the north-central mountains are under a winter weather warning that started Sunday night and continues through Monday, Oct. 2. The region is seeing its first significant snowfall of the season at higher elevations, between 6 inches to a foot in some spots.
"Seven to 10 days out, take a beer and toast to possibilities that next week might be snowy but we can't get into the details," Gratz said. "About four to five days out from a storm is when I recommend starting to clear your calendar."
This advice particularly applies to those who live and breathe for powder days. Since the forecast is fairly confident that most of the state will see at least an average amount of snowfall, the odds are pretty good that no matter where you pick to go skiing, you'll have a decent time.
The opposite of an El Niño, a La Niña means the water in the Pacific is cooler than usual (as opposed to warmer) causing storms to blow in from the Pacific Northwest. La Niñas tend to favor the northern and central mountains, giving those areas steady snowfall but leaving lower elevations drier with high-wind events.
Meteorologist Kyle Fredin said La Niñas typically bring smaller, more frequent storm systems but thinks the snowfall this year will be pretty average across the state, with some mountains getting slightly above normal snowfall. 781b155fdc