TIME WAS: Record-setting September snowstorm blankets area

Thursday, September 26, 2019 - 09:24
  • Chugiak Mustang Jesse Cherry encounters cold weather and warm applause as he races toward a third region crown on Saturday, Sept. 25, 2004 at Kincaid Park. (Star file photo / David Morse)
  • John Lewis of Eagle River throws a disc through the snow toward a basket during a round of disc on golf Saturday, Sept. 25, 2004 at Schroeder Park in Eagle River. (Star file photo / Greg Dart)

15 years ago this week in the Star…

Seven inches of snow fell on Chugiak-Eagle River Sept. 24-25, 2004, according to a front-page story on the Sept. 30 edition of the Alaska Star.

“Snow-laden branches knocked out Matanuska Electric Association power lines, creating several outages,” read the story.

Several small power outages were reported, as were numerous fender-benders, according to the story. Johnson’s Tire Service salesman Mike Johnson said the early snowfall created an instant boom.

“It doubled the business,” Johnson told the paper, which that week featured photos of people building snowmen, Eagle River’s John Lewis playing disc golf in the snow at Schroeder Park and Chugiak High cross country runner Jesse Cherry winning the Region IV championship in heavy snow.

Most of the snow had melted by Sept. 27. According to the National Weather Service, the first inch of snow typically falls on Chugiak-Eagle River around Oct. 16.

“This was a very irregular event for Eagle River/Anchorage for six-plus inches of snow to fall in September,” said NWS meteorologist Victor Proton.

In Anchorage, Proton said the monthly total of 6.3 inches broke the record 4.6 inches for September.

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