Happy National Bison Day

Running the Bison Gauntlet; Alaska Highway, British Columbia

It’s National Bison Day in the U.S., and the shaggy beasts are worthy of celebration, but they don’t like hugs. I’m talking to you Yellowstone Visitors…

A friendly chart from the National Park Service on the best parts of a wild bison to pet. #keepwildlifewild

A day in the life…

Life aboard the US Revenue Cutter Bear, as it patrolled Alaskan waters, circa 1910.

Photo from the University of Alaska – Fairbanks Archives


Horner Motor Sled

Lower 48 Tested; Not Alaska Approved:

Appeared in: Scientific American – 22 January 1922

Designed in Ruby, Alaska by Frank Horner, the motorized “dog sled” was powered by rear wheels that drove a cleated belt. The sled was tested in the Lower 48, but never traveled through Alaska powder.


The Killer


Fairbanks Weather Almanac

Fairbanks had 5″ of snow in October, which is trending downward for the month. Between 1981 and 2010, October saw an average of more than 10″. Fairbanks has not seen an October with significantly above average snowfall in 18 years. Not that I’m complaining about that statistic. I’m in the “delay the snowfall for as long as possible” camp.

Sunday morning saw our first below zero temp of the season. It was -10F at the cabin. That is two days later than the average first dip into the negatives.

The Tanana River is at flood stage near Fairbanks due to an ice dam. We often think of ice dams causing trouble at break up, but they can cause havoc in the autumn too.

The length of day on Halloween in Fairbanks was 7 hours and 58 minutes. All Saints Day will be 6 minutes and 45 seconds shorter.

The record low on Halloween is -30F. The record high for the day is 46F. The average is +5 and +20 respectively. 2022 was slightly cooler than average.

Graphics credit: ACCAP/@AlaskaWX and NOAA


Happy Halloween


“Sunglare: Alaska”

Sunglare-Alaska”; Oil on canvas, pasted on plywood, by Rockwell Kent, circa 1919


An honest political “ad”

November 8 can not come soon enough, because the endless political ads will cease to foul our airwaves on November 9. Usually, Alaska is ignored by the large donors with bags full of money to throw into the wind, but this year, we are suffering with the rest of the Lower 48.

The parody video above was done by the late comedian Trevor Moore. May he, and Clint Webb, rest in peace.


Bright Lights

NOAA’s Aurora Forecast

Weather permitting, we are looking at some phenomenal aurora viewing over the next few nights. Halloween weekend also looks to be quite good for viewing.

Image credit: UAF’s Geophysical Institute


Alaskan Landscape

An untitled, oil on canvas of an Alaskan landscape, by Bob Ross; 1981