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Best Snow Day Ever

Jack Shaffer, 6, plays in a giant pile of snow as his mom Lisa Lamberson digs out the family store, Mountain Sports, Thursday morning at the corner of Aspen Avenue and San Francisco Street.

Flagstaff’s record breaking snowfall last year made the National Weather Service’s list of significant climate anomalies and events for 2019.

Between the evening of February 20 and 22, the city received 35.9 inches of snow, forcing schools, highways and even the university to close and local governments to declare states of emergency.

The storm, which in total dropped 40.8 inches on Flagstaff, also brought Las Vegas the first measurable snowfall in a decade, according to the Weather Service.

Other events that made the Weather Service list of climate anomalies include the large wildfires that burned throughout California in October and November, extensive flooding along the Missouri, Mississippi, Platte and Arkansas rivers from March to July and the warmest July on record in Alaska.

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Also listed were Hurricane Dorian, Hurricane Barry and Tropical Storm Karen, which caused extensive damage to Puerto Rico.

2019 list of significant climate anomalies by the National Weather Service

Flagstaff appears on the 2019 list of significant climate anomalies by the National Weather Service. 

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Adrian Skabelund can be reached at the office at askabelund@azdailysun.com, by phone at (928) 556-2261 or on Twitter @AdrianSkabelund.

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