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Great Snow of 2011-2012
October 25, 2011

Between about 15th of December 2011 and the end of January 2012, we got over 10 feet of snow at our house by my observations, probably closer to 12 feet.  After January, it warmed up to above freezing for a few weeks, causing the snow to compact.  The last week of February, we got another 2 feet.  Don't get me wrong, I love snow, but this is a little much.  We are at the point that my tractor can't stack it or push the piles anymore, and the same with most snowblowers.  Earlier this week, while I was working, the city came by and spent hours with heavy equipment removing snow from Willow drive.  I did not even notice the change.  Upon closer inspection, it appears that they shaved off the road shoulders 4 feet wide and anywhere from 4 to 8 feet tall.  That is a lot of snow to remove, and the change was not really noticeable.  I'm not sure where they trucked the snow off to.

Another thing odd is that it was Homer that got hit hard.  You go a few miles north or east and there is what appears to be normal snow depths.  Anchorage got hit hard this year and Fairbanks is nearing record snow fall as well as Cordova.  On the radio acouple of days ago, they said that Girdwood Ski area had 700 inches at the top of the mountain.

If you haven't been to our house, it will be even harder to appreciate how much snow is show in these pictures.

Most of these pictures were taken February 3rd 2012, except the last few as noted.
The Willow Drive Street Sign at the bottom of our driveway.  (The piles are about 2 feet higher than the sign now ( 01 March 2012))
These berms are 8-10ft tall.  That near pine on the left (laden with snow) is about 20 feet from the driveway and the base of it is about 10 feet below the driveway level.  I am starting to burry the base of that pine with snow.
The right side floor of the yurt is about 5 feet above the ground.  The left side is at ground level
After I shoveled off the house roof.  The snow on this side of the main part of the house (the lee side) was up to my shoulders when I finally shoveled it off.  It took me 2 days to do the whole house.  With our cheap construction, I probably should not have let it get that deep.  You can just see the rain gutter on the near corner of the garage.  When there is no snow, if I stand on my tippy-toes, I can just see into the rain gutter.
Our Green House.  That fence is for moose and is 8 feet tall.  I think the greenhouse door is 6 feet tall.
Snow from just one side (1/2) of the garage roof AND 1/2 of the house roof.  It took many many bucket loads of my tractor (1/2 cu yard bucket) to clear this away.
Tutka LOVES the snow, especially chasing the snowblower snow and trying to catch the shoveled snow.  CAN YOU FIND the 1990 Subaru Loyal?  Hint: It is red.
The base of the window is 6 inches above ground level.  I have to dig them out for fire egress, to avoid water coming in and avoid the compacting snow breaking them.
Left, garage roof, Center: Allison's (green) office, with roof of chicken tractor in front. Center: our brown chicken house.  (Right background is our neighbors garage/shop.)
These last 2 images are from 01 March 2012.  Normally you should be able to see into our garage and the sliding glass door from the road.