That’s a lot of purple
The forecast is calling for a return to the deep freeze for Interior Alaska. The low tonight should be around -26F, with a high of -24F on Sunday. Not much of a solar warm up, is it? The high temps for the next week are all in the negative twenties, and the lows mostly in the negative thirties.
We really haven’t seen a decent cold snap for some time, so it’s hard to get too anxious over this one. Today, I filled the wood bin in the cabin and brought in a little extra firewood for good measure. I also had a temperature sensitive job on the docket, that I knocked out on Saturday. Might as well get that off the books now, since I wouldn’t be able/willing to do it in the next week.
Let the dropping of the mercury begin.
We have been getting rain for much of the night here in the Interior of Alaska. As I get ready to turn in for the night, I noticed that we are currently 34 degrees warmer than Minneapolis, and 2 degrees warmer than San Antonio, Texas.
Comic credit: Nuggets and artist Jamie Smith
“Year’s end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us.”
The wood frog
Alaska has two native frogs: The Wood Frog and the Columbia Spotted Frog. The wood frog is the only amphibian found north of the Arctic Circle. This amazing little creature will have 65% of the water in its body freeze solid during our harsh winter months. The frog’s heartbeat and breathing will completely stop. Yet, the frog will survive.
When autumn comes, the wood frog starts to build up a glucose in its cells. Its blood turns into a syrup-like substance, a natural glycol, if you will.
In the spring, the frog will thaw along with its surroundings, and then hop along on its way.
The snow has landed, although so far, it’s only a thin layer on the ground. The pond has started to get a coating of ice, after two nights of a hard freeze. After getting by with lighting a fire in the wood stove every other night, the ritual is now completed nightly. Soon, the fire will burn 24/7.
The season has turned.
Race map credit: Alaska Dispatch News
The 2017 Iditarod sled dog race officially started on Monday. The race was once again moved up to Fairbanks for the start, due to sketchy snow conditions on the southern route in the Alaska Range.
The temperature was -38F along the Chena River, as the first mushers and their teams took off for Nome. One thing about March weather in the Interior, is that 30 degree plus temperature swings are common in a day, now that the sun has a little power to it, and the days have become as long as those in the Lower 48.
As of Wednesday morning, the majority of teams had reached the Tanana checkpoint, and are now traveling down the Yukon River to Ruby.