12 December 2012

In the Teeth of It

Our first big winter storm, that is.

Not that it's a huge deal for Alaska, but four-plus inches of the fluffy stuff first fell just before morning drive-time. The road crews haven't managed to make more than one pass down most of the streets, so there's a lot of snow to drive through or across, and a lot of right-turn lanes are plowed full. Smaller vehicles are struggling a bit.

The weatherman guesses we'll get close to 10" by late afternoon, to which I can only reply, "Bring it!"

We haven't yet had a snowfall so deep that my Expedition couldn't keep right on going. I think the deepest single snowfall in our decade here was 28" overnight.

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Let's see what's in the news this morning, shall we?

found at www.ktuu.com
Repeating What We Know Dept:  KTUU Channel 2 confirms that the USS Anchorage will be commissioned at the Port of Anchorage on May 4, 2013. 

A Rough Way to Go Dept: An Anchorage mother of two remains in the hospital Tuesday night after a stolen vehicle that APD was chasing rammed her SUV Sunday night.   [The woman']s mother ... said doctors have described what happened to her daughter similar to what happens to a shaken baby.  On top of possible brain damage, [the woman] said her daughter has a broken pelvis and rib and her jaw is broken in 2 places.  (Video at the link)  The stolen vehicle was driven by some kid from Joplin, Missouri; no word on what he was doing up here.

A Whole Lotta Snow Dept: With heavy snowfall expected in Southcentral Alaska this week, the Red Cross says it's a good time to prepare personal emergency kits. Alaskans should keep about three days’ worth of supplies, including food and water, on hand for emergencies.  Red Cross of Alaska spokesperson Katie Bender says it's a good idea to keep a first aid kit and blankets handy in both homes and vehicles.

It's Who You Know Dept: There's a backlit display of faces - residents of the Mountain View neighborhood in Anchorage, to be precise - and pictures of the frosty visages can be seen here. After looking at those, the only thing that came to mind was, "Donna Noble has left the library. Donna Noble has been saved."  Some of you may get that reference. Can you say Vashta Narada?

That's enough for now. Thanks for stopping by!


ProudHillbilly said...

And all toilet paper and milk has disappeared from the store shelves.

Do most Alaskans need reminding about being prepared?

Rev. Paul said...

No, what disappears from the shelves here is ice scrapers, snow shovels, and ice melt.

Jenny said...

I'd heard about that ...um... art. Never saw it. First ADN article you've linked to that hasn't made me homesick. :p

Rev. Paul said...

Well, they can't ALL be home runs. :)