08 September 2012

Cold Morning, Sunny Day

It's 35 degrees this morning, a bit o' frost around the edges of car windows ... and a LOT of termination dust on the mountains*. Said snowline is down around the 2,000 foot mark; it's a little early for that, but not so much that it's alarming. We've been hearing multiple predictions of an early winter, which is a bit hard to take, coming on the heels of setting a new record for snowfall this past spring.

Geese have been heading south for the last couple of weeks, too. The autumn fireweed is a rich purple on the mountainsides, and all the deciduous trees are yellow-green. Ah well, just part of the rich pageant of Alaskan life.

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I wouldn't mind a visit from folks with whom I could sit & enjoy a morning pot of coffee. This is only the second year since we've been up here in which we've had no visitors from the States. Or from anywhere else, for that matter.

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Channel 2 News reports that Anchorage dispatchers received 1,368 9-1-1 calls on Tuesday, more than double the usual number received in a 24-hour period, due to the storm. On Wednesday, another 961 calls on Wednesday for a total of 2,329 calls in a 48-hour period.

Tuesday night at the height of the storm, between 10:00 and 10:30, there were 291 calls, compared to a normal volume of about 58.

Emergency responders earned their keep, that's for sure.

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That's about it for now, so thank you for stopping by, friends.

* Early snow, signaling the end of summer.


Matt said...

Of course my idea and your idea of winter are two different things, but I am ready for the cold weather if nothing else so that the allergies will go away for a few months. With the exception of going to and from a vehicle, I haven't been out much the last several weeks.

Rev. Paul said...

Matt, I understand that. The cottonwood here was vicious this year - even people who don't have hay fever got affected.

Old NFO said...

Better you than me... I don't DO cold real well... sigh

Groundhog said...

One of these days the wife and I 'will' get up there and visit. Seeing Alaska is very important to me and actually knowing someone there is pretty nice too!

Got a question for you. About half the state population lives in Anchorage. I know there's a fair number of military installations up there too. What do people in the smaller towns do to make a living up there? I wondered the same thing when I lived in upper Michigan. There was just nothing there but logging and drinking! What do Alaskans do for local income making? And I know oil is still a factor but isn't that mostly up north?