16 January 2013

"Iditarod Training Complicated by Warm Temps & Low Snow"

From a copyright AP story on www.ktuu.com:

"Unreasonably warm weather in parts of Alaska is forcing the cancellation of qualifying races for future rookies of the Iditarod Sled Dog Race.

"It's also complicating training for mushers already signed up" for the 1,100± mile race to Nome.

"But Iditarod officials say there's still plenty of snow along much of the route. They say there's no need to worry about drastic changes to the race, which will start March 2 with a ceremonial run in Anchorage."

It's snowing today - finally - but Accu-Hunch guesses we'll have temps back into the low 40s by this weekend.

Apart from the aesthetics (fresh snow is pretty!), we're all concerned. If the ground's dry from too little snow, the vegetation will make excellent fuel for the upcoming grass-fire season.

8 comments:

Matt said...

We are supposed to get several inches tomorrow. I bet we don't.

Rev. Paul said...

Feel free to send it my way. :)

Old NFO said...

We're supposed to get 5-8 inches tomorrow... And no, NOT good up in your neck of the woods...

Rev. Paul said...

NFO, even if you're getting the sloppy stuff, it would be considerably improved by dropping through our chilled atmosphere. 'Sposed to be only 1° above tonight.

Sandy said...

You really don't need to have dry ground. Fires are not pretty, we have them all the time here. The drought has been bad.

Rev. Paul said...

Agreed, Sandy. We've seen one really bad fire season, back in '04. It was hazy & smoky for months.

Duke said...

The Iditarod is a race I always thought would be fun to see in person.

Rev. Paul said...

Duke, it's a blast. I've only missed two since we moved to AK.