01 October 2014

ADN Photos: Late Season Denali National Park

From the Alaska Dispatch News, a photo gallery from a recent trip through the park.

Samples:








Good pix, here. Click through to see them all.

U.S. Navy sailors harbor widespread distrust of senior leadership: Report

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54) fires a Standard Missile 2 (SM-2) during a missile firing exercise. (U.S. Navy photo)
The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54) fires a Standard Missile 2 (SM-2) during a missile firing exercise. (U.S. Navy photo)
Navy sailors harbor "widespread mistrust" in the admirals who command them, complaining of poor leadership and a disciplinary environment that tolerates absolutely no mistakes, says a survey of the fleet. The disgruntlement runs deepest in the officer corps, where scores of commanders have been relieved of duty in recent years. "Senior leadership should stop proactively highlighting…

Changes

The weather service can't make up its mind, but that's normal for Alaska. With all the mountains around Anchorage, the patterns can be ... erratic.  There are six ranges visible from the city, and we're literally nestled against the Chugach Mtns which form the east edge of town.

So any forecast more than 8 hours in advance is simply a guess, rather than an educated guess (which - face it - is what the weather service does).

Last night, they predicted snow for Friday night. This morning, they're calling for a rain/snow mix on Saturday morning, with perhaps two inches of accumulation.

That'll change again before Saturday gets here ... probably several times.

So here's a peek at the eastern skyline, about 15 minutes ago.


30 September 2014

About That White Stuff, Part 2

Sometimes it's small comfort, being right ... the local forecast is calling for a chance of snow on Friday night.

Anything that falls will be wet, and will melt pretty quickly, but still ... it begins.

About That White Stuff ...

You know, the "S" word that many of you didn't want me to mention...

On Sunday, the peaks above 3,500 ft had some snow on them. Today, that line was down to 2,500 ft.



Some of it has melted in the afternoon sun, but it's definitely here. Now, it's entirely possible that we might not see any ground snow for another month. But I've been wrong before.

One thing for sure: it won't be much longer now.