When it gets cold outside, there’s something almost everyone looks forward to: a snowy day! There is something special about watching a blizzard from the window of a warm apartment, or going outside and having a snowball fight. If you are a big fan of winter, then you should consider moving somewhere in the country where the most snow falls every year. But where is such a protected area? It turns out that there are many such places all over the world.
In this article, we will cover two questions:
- Where is the most snow?
- How much precipitation does the South Pole receive?
While some people love tropical beaches and palm trees, hardly anyone would mind a few snowy days a year. Those who love the Christmas and New Year holidays will be in seventh heaven if it snows on the eve of the holidays!
Russia did not get into the top of the snowiest places in the world. Kamchatka is considered the most snowy region of the country, where the average snow depth exceeds 2 meters, but periodically there are record snowfalls with a cover height of 3 meters.
If you want to live in the United States, head to Mount Washington, New Hampshire. It holds the record for the most days of recorded snowfall in a year — 118 days! On average, Mount Washington is famous for its average annual rainfall of 2,460 mm. If you prefer a different coast, move to Paradise Ranger Station on Mount Rainier (Washington). This mountain pass in the Pacific Northwest received 460mm of rain in 36 hours in 2006.
If nothing but the snowiest place on Earth satisfies you, then you need to move to Japan. In particular, it is worth looking at the northern Japanese Alps of the island of Honshu. Cold Siberian winds throw huge amounts of snow into these mountains. How many? In 1927, the snow depth on Mount Ibuki was 11.8 meters.
The snow in these mountains has become a popular tourist attraction. The highway through the mountains is regularly cleared and remains open all winter. The place is known as Yuki-no-Otani Snow Canyon. Tourists stop along the road to take pictures of their vehicles surrounded by snow walls up to 20 meters high!
Some people are surprised that Antarctica is not on this list. The reason is that the South Pole is one of the driest places on Earth. Due to the lack of moisture in the atmosphere, the South Pole receives only 50 millimeters of rain per year!