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From Sunday morning to Monday afternoon, my rain gauge totaled 1.9″. That’s a fair amount of precipitation for us in the Interior.
On Friday, we saw the mercury rise to 90 degrees, on Tuesday morning, I found a layer of ice on my truck’s bed cover. ICE!
One never knows what’s around the corner up here. Which, of course, is half the fun.

Mercury Rising

On Friday, as reported, the temps in Interior Alaska were in the 90’s. On Saturday, the high at my cabin was 80F, and by Sunday things had cooled down to a 54 degree high. A cool-off of 36 degrees since Friday. At the cabin, .7″ of rain fell through Sunday afternoon, which was needed.

On January 18th of this year, the low in Fairbanks was -52F. That makes a 142 degree swing this year alone, from year low to high. 142 degrees, so far…

Back to flannel lined Carhartts

The pond has frozen
The Pond has frozen

Temperatures this morning were in the low teens here, and the wind has not stopped howling since early Sunday. It made for a rough day out there, as I attempted to frame a deck in, while trying to keep the lumber from blowing away.
For the first time this season, the long underwear top went on, as did the flannel-lined Carhartt jeans. I do love those pants.

In other Alaska News:

Barrow, Alaska
Barrow, AK on 15 October 2016. Photo credit: Barrow Sea Ice Cam!

Utqiagvik, also known as “The Community Formerly Known as Barrow”, set a new record this autumn for the latest accumulation of snowfall. The old record was October 12, set in 1998, and every day without snowfall extends the record. Utqiagvik has seen flurries, but nothing measurable.
The first ten days of October saw Utqiagvik hit record warm temperatures. During that period, temperatures averaged 10.4 degrees above normal.

It should be noted, that “The Community Formerly Known as Barrow” also experienced a record early snow melt this past May. That record beat the old one by 10 days.

The northern Alaska community voted earlier this month to change the town’s name from the English “Barrow” back to the Inupiaq “Utqiagvik.” The vote was: 381 votes in favor to 375 votes opposed. Utqiagvik is pronounced Oot’-kee-ahg’-vick.

Cooler Air

The wildfire smoke started to drift into the valleys on Saturday, which was followed by the rain on Sunday. After 90 degree weather last week, the high today was 55F, with a constant mist in the air. The rain gauge says we have received 1.15″ in the past 36 hours. I felt like I was working inside an aquarium all day.

If you don’t like the weather in Alaska, just hang around, it is bound to change in an hour or two.

Early 80’s

The 80 degree temperatures that hit Fairbanks last week set a couple of records. Officially, at the airport, it hit 79 degrees on Friday and 82 degrees on Saturday, both record highs for the two days. The 82 degrees on Saturday broke a record that had been set in 1915.

How warm was it? It was so warm here on Saturday, that our low temp of 59 (also a record) was warmer than the high temp of 47 degrees in Chicago.

On average, our high temp this time of year is 60 degrees.

‘Godzilla El Niño’ ?

Godzilla in a scene from the film.  © Toho Co. Ltd. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Godzilla in a scene from the film. © Toho Co. Ltd. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

As the potential for The Godzilla El Niño looms over the equator this summer, I honestly believe there is only one question worth asking at this time:

How does this affect the winter travel plans of a certain Alaskan?


NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory is projecting a massive El Niño. Already, the bulge of warmer equatorial waters in the Pacific is larger than in 1997-98, which was the largest El Niño on record.

Where to go, what to do, how to stay dry?

These are the questions of our times.

Photo credit goes to the Toho Co. and the wonderful Gojira. Computer model comes to us courtesy of NASA

Cool July

While much of the Lower 48 has been in the deep fryer this summer, it has been unusually cool here in Alaska. Anchorage, Juneau and Fairbanks have all been below normal temperature-wise. We saw 80 degs here in Fairbanks only once in July, and that was a squeaker, coming in at 81 on the 26th. For the summer, we have only seen 5 days above 80.

We are on the downhill slide now: The fireweed has gone way past bloom and Atigun Pass saw 5 inches of snow earlier in the week. It won’t be far off and the Lower Forty-Eighters will be out of the deep fry and we will be back in the deep freeze.

Enjoy that thought…We’re suppose to see 72 degs tomorrow.