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Second day of record snowfall drops on Kodiak
by James Brooks / editor@kodiakdailymirror.com
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Snow drapes a sheet of white on boats, homes and businesses along Shelikof Street and Rezanof Drive on Wednesday afternoon, Jan. 18, 2011. Wednesday was the second consecutive day of record snowfall in Kodiak. Just under five inches of snow was reported by 10:15 p.m., following 5.3 inches that fell on Tuesday.
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Snow drapes a sheet of white on boats, homes and businesses along Shelikof Street and Rezanof Drive on Wednesday afternoon, Jan. 18, 2011. Wednesday was the second consecutive day of record snowfall in Kodiak. Just under five inches of snow was reported by 10:15 p.m., following 5.3 inches that fell on Tuesday. (James Brooks photo)
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Jose Enrique uses a forklift to help Hirokazu Otobe get his car moving after it became stuck in the snow Wednesday afternoon, Jan. 18, 2012 on Mission Road in downtown Kodiak. So far this month, 36.4 inches of snow has fallen on Kodiak, making it the fifth-snowiest January on record. The all-time snowiest Kodiak January came in 2004, when 40.4 inches of snow fell.
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Jose Enrique uses a forklift to help Hirokazu Otobe get his car moving after it became stuck in the snow Wednesday afternoon, Jan. 18, 2012 on Mission Road in downtown Kodiak. So far this month, 36.4 inches of snow has fallen on Kodiak, making it the fifth-snowiest January on record. The all-time snowiest Kodiak January came in 2004, when 40.4 inches of snow fell. (James Brooks photo)
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The sky clears above Pillar Mountain at sunset Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012, as seen from Von Scheele Way. The National Weather Service station at Kodiak State Airport recorded 4.8 inches of snow by 10:15 p.m. Wednesday night, breaking the old Jan. 18 record of 4.4 inches, set in 1988.
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The sky clears above Pillar Mountain at sunset Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012, as seen from Von Scheele Way. The National Weather Service station at Kodiak State Airport recorded 4.8 inches of snow by 10:15 p.m. Wednesday night, breaking the old Jan. 18 record of 4.4 inches, set in 1988. (James Brooks photo)
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Nicanor Babasa shovels his driveway Wednesday afternoon, Jan. 18, 2012 on Birch Avenue.
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Nicanor Babasa shovels his driveway Wednesday afternoon, Jan. 18, 2012 on Birch Avenue. (James Brooks photo)
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KODIAK — The refrain by those scraping, digging and pulling snow across Kodiak on Wednesday was, "At least it's not Cordova."

But while that snowbound town has seen far more powder than Kodiak this winter, it was enjoying a day of blue skies as Kodiakans were pulling their cars out of a second day of record snowfall.

By 10:15 p.m. Wednesday, 4.8 inches of snow had fallen at the National Weather Service station at Kodiak State Airport. That mark beat the previous record of 4.4 inches, set in 1988.

On Tuesday, 5.3 inches of snow fell, breaking the old record of 4 inches, set in 1976.

And while Kodiak hasn't been enjoying records to Cordova's extreme, it has seen snow totals far greater than normal. Through the first 18 days of January, Kodiak has seen 36.4 inches of snow. That makes this January the fifth-snowiest on record, and there's still 13 days left in the month.

The snowiest January on record came in 2004 and saw 40.4 inches of powder. One more snowfall on Wednesday's scale would put Kodiak over the top.

The snow depth as measured by the weather service — 16 inches — is actually one inch less than it was on the same date last year. That year, however, had seen only 32.2 inches of snowfall in the winter to date. Kodiak has seen more snowfall than that in this January alone.

Kodiak is forecast to see a break in the snow action today, but Friday's prediction is for more flakes.

Contact Mirror editor James Brooks at editor@kodiakdailymirror.com.
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