Not Your Typical January

Chugach Mountain Range - January 28, 2014

Chugach Mountain Range – January 28, 2014

It is still January, right?? I just wanted to check, because it sure does not feel like a typical January here in Alaska. Our high temperatures have been in the 40’s for quite a while now, and much of the snow that we had has been melting. Green grass can even be seen in several spots throughout town.

The weather forecasters are saying that our 40 degree weather is coming to an end, and the high temperature should drop back down to the 30’s and maybe even the 20’s. However, there doesn’t appear to be any snowfall predicted in the near future. This is quite a change from our typical January weather.

I took a picture of the Chugach Mountain Range (above) on January 28, 2014. As you can see, there is not a lot of snow covering the mountains.

In contrast, I took a picture of the same mountain range (below) on January 26, 2013. Now this is what we are used to seeing this time of year, completely snow-covered mountains.

Chugach Mountain Range - January 26, 2013

Chugach Mountain Range – January 26, 2013

Now don’t get me wrong, I am in no way complaining about the warm weather we’ve been having. In fact, it feels really good to be able to leave a window cracked open and let a breeze in without freezing to death. I just think it rather strange that while we are having a mild Winter, the East Coast of the United States seems to be getting pummeled with snow.

Well, maybe next year things will get back to normal. Although, I sure wouldn’t mind having another mild Winter like this one. What do you say East Coast, would you like to have another cold and snowy Winter next year? Just kidding – or am I? 🙂

I’ll leave you today with a picture of green grass and melting snow.

~Enjoy~
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Green grass and melting snow

Green grass and melting snow

Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland

Although the calendar shows that it is still Autumn, this is the scene I awoke to this morning. It started snowing yesterday afternoon, and by the time it stopped this morning, there was approximately 6 inches of accumulation. I guess Autumn finally decided that it had stuck around long enough this year.

Happy Veterans Day! Thank you to all that serve, and have served our country!

~Enjoy~
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Snow Covered Mountains in the Late Evening Sun

Fresh Snow on the Mountains

Fresh Snow on the Mountains

The sun finally came out last night and melted the little bit of snow that had fallen here yesterday. It’s supposed to warm up a bit and rain for the next few days, which seems to me to be much more fitting weather for the Autumn season.

As the clouds parted from in front of the mountains last night, I was treated to a beautiful view of the late evening sun lighting up the freshly fallen snow. Despite the fact that I feel it’s too early for snow to be falling, I think the mountains do look rather pretty all dressed in white.

~Enjoy~
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Snow Has Arrived

Snow on the Rooftops

Snow on the Rooftops

It may only be the second day of Autumn, but it’s beginning to look and feel like the first day of Winter here. The temperature is currently 34 degrees, and it’s been snowing lightly since early this morning. The mountains are covered in clouds right now, but when the clouds part, I’m sure I’m going to find that the snow-kissed mountains have turned into snow-covered mountains. The ground is still pretty warm though, so the snow that has accumulated today should melt away pretty quickly. (I hope)

Here’s hoping that the weather is warmer and more “autumn-like” in your neck of the woods. Have a wonderful day everyone!

~Enjoy~
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Light Snow on the Ground

Light Snow on the Ground

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Snow-Kissed Mountains

Snow-Kissed Mountains

Snow-Kissed Mountains

It feels like we went from late Summer straight to Winter practically overnight, and Autumn doesn’t even officially begin until tomorrow. The temperatures have taken a nose-dive, and snow has made its first appearance on the mountain tops. Daily high temperatures are only in the 40’s, and nighttime temperatures are in the low 30’s.

Numerous flocks of geese can be seen flying high overhead, as they make their way south to warmer temperatures, and the smaller birds are crowding the feeders as they too prepare for the Winter ahead.

I know it won’t be too long before the snow on the mountains makes its way down to the lower elevations, but after the long Winter we had last year, I sure wish it would hold off just a little while longer – say, until late December/early January. 🙂

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!!

~Enjoy~
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View – or lack thereof

Dense Fog

Dense Fog

Here’s the view, or lack thereof, that I awoke to this morning. It was predicted that we would have a sunny day here today, which I suppose could still happen if this dense fog burns off.

We could really use a little sunshine, especially since we just officially tied the all-time record of number of days with measurable precipitation – 18 days in a row!! Minor flooding has been reported throughout the area, due to all the rain we’ve been receiving, so I really hope the sun makes an appearance this weekend so things can dry out a bit.

Here’s hoping the view is a little better in your neck of the woods. Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

~Enjoy~
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Ups and Downs

Oh wow, I’m so sorry for pulling a disappearing act. I honestly did not intend to be gone so long. I can’t believe it’s been over a month since I wrote my last blog post!

Here’s what I’ve been up to…

For two weeks, during the latter part of July through early August, I took a trip to the Bitterroot Valley in Montana for a much needed vacation. The scenery in Montana is just spectacular, and I had an absolutely wonderful time hiking, relaxing, and soaking up the sun.

Below are just a few of the pictures that I took during my trip. (Note: you can click on any picture to view a larger version)

Missoula, Montana

Missoula, Montana

Elk among the trees

Elk among the trees

Young bucks

Young bucks

Red sun

Red sun caused by wildfire smoke.

Make hay while the sun shines

Make hay while the sun shines

Hummingbirds

Hummingbirds

Clouds in the valley

Clouds in the valley

Bitterroot Valley

Bitterroot Valley

Fire lookout station

Fire lookout station on St. Mary’s Peak in Stevensville, Montana.

View from St. Mary's Peak

View from St. Mary’s Peak

Upon returning to Alaska, I found that my precious kitty cat was ill. She wasn’t eating, had lost weight, and was quite lethargic. The vet ran some tests, and a few days later my kitty was diagnosed with cancer. Although the vet did everything she possibly could for my kitty, sadly, her health kept deteriorating and it was decided that the humane thing to do was to have her euthanized.

I miss my sweet girl so much, but I know in my heart that we’ll meet again someday – perhaps at Rainbow Bridge.

R.I.P. sweet girl

R.I.P. sweet girl

I feel like I’ve been riding a roller coaster for the past several weeks, with all the ups, downs, and unexpected turns that have come my way, but I did manage to bake a couple of goodies along the way, which I promise to share with you very soon.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

~Enjoy~
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