I didn't want to see this morning's headlines, but they're everywhere. So this is me, ignoring them.
Or trying to, anyway.
It's another cold morning (15° F. here, and 8° along the river valley, below), and AccuHunch says these temps are here to stay for awhile. Last night, today's forecast was for partly cloudy skies. This morning, they say 1" to 3" of snow is likely. That's a dusting, by Alaskan standards, and reflects mainly on the prognosticators' inability to see more than 15 minutes into the future.
But it could be worse. I spent two years on Adak in the Aleutian Islands, home to some of the world's most volatile weather systems. It's where the warm waters of the Japanese Current in the north Pacific meet the cold water and Arctic air of the Bering Sea. (For the record, Adak is some 1350 air miles southwest of here, and 650 miles from the nearest mainland. It's almost centered on the southernmost point of the arc that the chain forms.)
Unstable? Oh my, yes. We had precipitation 270 days out of the year, and sunlight was rather rare. Three-foot snowfalls were common in winter, too, and usually melted into the mud-and-tundra after three days. Then it would repeat.
All winter long.
|A typical winter's day|
|Looking in the same general direction, in summer. Summer lasts only 90 days out there.|
So three inches of snow is rather a minor thing. Just enough to make the roads slick without providing the traction of a deeper snowfall. But no matter; we only have one brief outing planned for today, anyway.
So y'all stay safe, wherever you are, and thanks for stopping by.