Relationship between Temperature and Snowfall in Interior Alaska

  • S.A. Bowling
Keywords: Atmospheric temperature, Snowfall, Glaciation, Fairbanks, Alaska


At the present time there is some uncertainty as to the role of winter and mean annual temperatures in initiating continental glaciation. Although there is no question that cool summers and snowy winters favour glaciation in high latitudes, the possibility must be considered that excessively snowy winters may be warm enough to raise the mean annual temperature. Thus a higher annual mean temperature could be favourable for glaciation. I wish here to present some observations on the relationship between temperatures and snowfall at one Subarctic station (Fairbanks, Alaska). ...