In an apparent counterpoint to last year's record snowfall & steady cold, this winter has already been marked by unseasonably warm spells, rain, and ice. We hardly ever get ice, except this year.
Today is no different: we're under a freezing rain "advisory", as Accu-Hunch Weather guesses we'll get a quarter-inch of ice this morning before temps get warm enough to melt it all again, later today. Tomorrow, they allow it'll get up to 46.
January is usually our cold month. Oh well, I have to drive Younger Daughter to her job downtown at 7 am, about 10 miles away. Sounds like it could be ... let's call it an adventure due to slick streets. My studded snow tires are on their last winter, but should still be okay on ice as long as neither I nor anyone else does anything stupid out there.
Okay, I won't do anything stupid, and will give everyone else as wide a berth as Saturday morning traffic allows.
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U.S. Fish & Wildlife in Alaska had proposed setting aside 187,000 square miles as habitat for endangered polar bears. That's larger than California, for the record.
A couple of problems with that: the Federal gov't already controls over half of our land (don't even get me started), and Alaska's polar bears aren't endangered. In fact, the population is up, here. It's down in Canada's Northwest Territory.
On Friday, a federal judge threw out the plan, saying it was an overreach, citing "substantive and procedural deficiencies."
U.S. District Judge Ralph Beistline, in a written order dated Thursday, said the designation was too extensive and presented "a disconnect between the twin goals of protecting a cherished resource and allowing for growth and much needed economic development." He sent the matter back to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service ...The suit was filed by a coalition of Native groups, oil companies, and State of Alaska.
I'm telling you, if the feds get their way, they'd have all of us live somewhere else, turning the entire state into a national park. To paraphrase Capt. Barbossa, I'm disinclined to acquiesce to their desires.
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I saw on Fox News last night that Alaska was designated with "widespread" flu cases, like 46 other states. According to local officials, we're only at the moderate level. They're still preparing for the worst, though. That's wise; better to be prepared than surprised.
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Ah well, it's 6 a.m. I should probably pour a cup of coffee & start my day. Take care out there, y'hear?