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Posted by thenaturalist in Records, Snow, Snow at the Stake.

On March 31, 2001, the famous 12-foot snow stake atop Mt. Mansfield needed a little help for the first time in its 35-year history. Snowfall counters added a temporary 14-inch extension to the venerable measuring stick just in case the region gets another significant dump. The permanent snow stake, which was erected in 1966, is 144 inches tall. It is located in the woods off the Toll Road on the way to the Nose, at an elevation of about 3,900 feet. The most snow ever at the top of the mountain was recorded in 1969, when 149 inches covered the ground.

It appears that the winter of 2000-2001 will go into the record books as the overall snowiest on record. As of April 4, a total of 315 inches had fallen atop the mountain, making this winter the third-snowiest ever. Just six more inches are needed to set a new all-time high. The record of 320 inches was set in 1968-69. A total of 317 inches fell in 1970-71. During the past 11 years Mt. Mansfield has averaged nearly 23 inches of snow during April. Only twice since 1990 has less than six inches fallen. Last April saw 41 inches top off what had been an unexceptional snow year. (John Zicconi, Stowe Reporter, 4/5/01)



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