The Mt. Baker Ski Area is located at an elevation of 4,200 feet, nine miles northeast of the summit of the Mt. Baker volcano. The snowfall season is for the period from July 1, 1998, through June 30, 1999. The committee was concerned only with national records for the United States. However, this total also stands as a world record for a verifiable amount.
The heavy snowfalls normally experienced in the Cascade Mountains of Washington State are the result of several factors:
Winter is naturally the wettest season as the west-to-east planetary circulations expands southward and strengthens in speed, with storms striking the Pacific Northwest every few days.
Air laden with moisture after its journey across the Pacific is forced to ascent the Cascade Range, dropping abundant precipitation.
Freezing levels average about 4,000 feet over the winter months, so that near this altitude snowfall amounts increase very rapidly with just small increases in elevation.
Freezing levels remained abnormally consistently low throughout the winter.
This season, a moderately strong La Niña pattern is credited with accentuating this stormy pattern, with a much higher frequency of wet and cold weather systems affecting especially the area from the Cascade Range westward.
Source: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
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