Making Sure It's No Snow Job

At Mount Baker, Wash., the snow just keeps coming, reports CBS News Correspondent John Blackstone.

The mountain has received 1,129 inches of snow since Nov. 1, and it's still snowing. That's more than 94 feet, a world record. So this week the National Weather Service dispatched its truth squad to check the snow and the people measuring it.

"Sometimes they're doing something fishy, but these look very, very good," said Ray Downs of the National Climate Extremes Committee.

The committee is the guardian of big weather records:

  • The greatest wind was 231 mph at Mount Washington, N.H., in 1934.
  • The greatest 24-hour snowfall was 76 inches at Silver Lake, Colo.
While the Climate Extremes Committee can see plenty of evidence here of an unusual snowfall, they do not easily declare new records. Other places that thought they'd won a spot in the record books were disappointed when the weather checkers came calling.

Wind recorded at 236 mph battered Guam in 1997, but the truth squad discovered the wind gauge was broken.

Months earlier, Montague, N.Y., measured 77 inches of snow in 24 hours, a world record except: "The measurements were taken [but] there were too many taken during the prescribed time period, which tends to inflate the measurements," said committee member Bob Leffer.

The extreme weather committee was formed just two years ago in response to what seems an increase in weird weather. And the team is busier than they ever imagined.

There's still more checking to be done, but unofficially Mount Baker has seized the record for greatest snowfall ever... on a day in June.

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