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Just a thought… Alaska’s’ ironic winter

February 24, 2015

yukonquest7lrgIt is march but I have had to shut down my heater for hours at a time because it is in the plus 40’s outside. At the same time temperatures of minus 10 to minus 20 are sprinkled across the Eastern portion of the lower forty eight states. This started back in the beginning of February when the snow fell 7-8 “feet” not inches in Buffalo and continued in the past weeks in New England where some cities have no room left to store the plowed snow. Then yesterday over 2,000 flights in Dallas, Texas were canceled because of an ice storm. Meanwhile I sit here in Northern Alaska and watch while the snow we do have slowly evaporates.

Yes if ever there was an example of irony it is Alaska’s lack of cold and snow in the middle of winter. It has reached such extremes that the Iditarod dog sled race had to move there ‘official’ start from Williow to Fairbanks because of lack of snow near the Alaska mountain range. It was even announced a number of days ago that the ‘North American dog sled race’ would not use its normal starting location on the Chena river in downtown Fairbanks because the river ice was not thick enough and may be dangerous for the mushers.

Today in the news it was announced that the officials of the Iditarod dog sled race are now looking for a plan ‘C’ location to restart their race. If the temperatures remain above freezing at the starting point the ice on that potion of the river may not be able to handle the weight of the mushers, dogs and spectators.

As Alaskans we have always love our winters
from the wondrous majesty of the Northern Lights
to ice carving, cross country skiing and ice fishing
but if this change becomes permanent we may have to move
to either New England or even Tennessee

8 Comments leave one →
  1. February 25, 2015 1:58 am

    I would love to go to Alaska someday


  2. February 25, 2015 7:37 am

    Crazy weather. And here it is so warm I have a tan.


  3. February 25, 2015 7:57 am

    I keep trying to send it back to you there, but my Post office doesn’t like to pickup/deliver mail.


  4. February 25, 2015 10:20 am

    A-Men to this one, Pete! The lack of precipitation was lessened slightly across the past four days but was in the form of rain which is just nasty given all the ice. My second consecutive ‘Alaskan winter that wasn’t’…


  5. February 25, 2015 5:18 pm

    Rain , Ice and Snow here in Georgia. Hikers stuck on the AT!


  6. February 26, 2015 9:40 pm

    The Chena is in a bad way here in Fairbanks proper. Not sure how it looks downtown for sure, but to the west it’s all open.


  7. Jon permalink
    February 28, 2015 3:31 am

    Sort of like the winter of ’76-’77 I spent in Fairbanks. Mild & lack of snow. Coldest temp. was around -30 & didn’t stay cold for long. The Army from N. Carolina was up there doing cold weather maneuvers & went elsewhere. Just outside of town there was a peat bog fire.

    The whole west coast was in a drought at that time. Meanwhile in Mn. there were 5 nights in the Twin Cities where the temp. dropped below -30 in Jan. ’77. Called my brother in St. Paul on a Sunday where it was 35 & sunny in Fairbanks & it was -65 wind chill in St. Paul.


  8. March 4, 2015 7:27 pm

    Pete does the Iditarod pass close to you?


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