High tide in the Alps?

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The snow gods were busy in the Swiss Alps this winter. And according to statistics gathered by the Swiss Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research (SLF), they hadn't been quite so busy since what went down on record as the "avalanche winter" of 1999.

Following the snowfall recorded during the latter part of March, data showed all Alpine regions received "either similar or much more snowfall than in 1999", the report stated.

Depths varied by region for example, in a 24-hour period, the Grimsel Pass in Canton Valais picked up 24 centimetres of new snow for a late March depth of more than four metres, as reported by online news source swiss info. The overall amounts recorded led SLF scientists to warn of the potential for snowmelt-enhanced flooding this spring. Following spring snowmelt in 1999, flooding took on natural disaster proportions, and resulted in an...

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