It’s been an odd year, all the way around, but especially with the weather. Fairbanks had a dusting of snow last week, but nothing measurable. Anchorage had measurable snow before we did.
Juneau beat both Fairbanks and Anchorage for the season’s first freeze. Juneau! That’s just not right.
So winter is coming for Fairbanks. Even though 2-3 inches of snow is hardly much to get excited over, at least it’s a start. Denali Park & Black Rapids are at least looking to get a good jump on the season.
I guess I’m ready for snow. Let it fall.
Graphics credit: National Weather Service – Fairbanks
The temperature finally climbed above zero, reaching 9F on Monday. That breaks a streak of 34 days where the temp never went above 5 degrees. It’s the fourth longest streak of its nature, since recording began.
The longest such streak is 49 days, which happened in 1942-43.
Although this season’s streak was long, it wasn’t excessively cold. In 1975, a similar streak had several days reach -60F. The 2020 streak saw four days where the temperature dropped to -40.
Regardless, I was thrilled to be outside on Monday in single digit temps.
Color code depicts wind speed; Graphic credit: TropicalTidbits.com
A large storm is barreling into Western Alaska this week. Heavy rain and strong wind is expected. Gusts of 65-80 mph are possible.
Currently, the vast majority of Western Alaska is devoid of snow. The entire western coast has no sea ice. The ice would normally offer some protection from coastal erosion. The high winds will certainly set back any sea ice growth.
Gale force winds are expected to continue in the impacted areas through Wednesday.
Bird’s eye view: First day of ice on The Pond. The beaver’s trail can be seen to the left.
For this season, we had the first 24 hour period over the weekend where the temperature did not get above freezing. It came 11 days later than on average.
The Pond received its first full coat of ice by Sunday morning. Thin as it is, one could see where the beaver swam under the ice.
The fire in the wood stove is still not going full time, however. One every other night has been enough to keep the chill out of the cabin. Anything more would drive me out of the building from the heat. As it is, an evening fire requires at least one open window at these temps.