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Weather Service: Anchorage's last winter unofficially least snowy on record

This past winter was unofficially the least snowy on record in Anchorage, the National Weather Service Alaska Regional Office declared Wednesday.

"We're pretty confident in this prediction," NWS posted on Facebook. "We've never had more than half an inch of snow fall past this date at Anchorage's official measuring station."

Only 25.1 inches of snow fell during the 2014-15 winter season, NWS reported. That beat the previous low-snowfall record set in 1957-58, which saw 30.4 inches of snowfall.

The year with the heaviest snowfall on record was 2011-12, when 134.5 inches of snow were recorded.

The seasonal average is 74.5 inches, according to NWS.

Seasonal snowfall is recorded through June 30, making the pronouncement unofficial until that date.

"But seriously, who cares about winter records in June … when the sockeye are running?" NWS said.

Laurel Andrews

Laurel Andrews was a reporter for the Anchorage Daily News, Alaska Dispatch News and Alaska Dispatch. She left the ADN in October 2018.