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

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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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Here we go again…

Winter Weather Advisory
URGENT – WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ANCHORAGE AK
416 AM AKDT FRI MAY 17 2013

AKZ101-180130-
/X.CON.PAFC.WW.Y.0035.130518T0300Z-130518T2100Z/
ANCHORAGE-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF…ANCHORAGE…EAGLE RIVER…INDIAN…
EKLUTNA
416 AM AKDT FRI MAY 17 2013

…WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 7 PM
THIS EVENING TO 1 PM AKDT SATURDAY…

* SNOW…2 TO 6 INCHES. HIGHEST AMOUNTS AT HIGHER ELEVATIONS.

* TIMING…RAIN AND SNOW WILL CHANGE OVER TO ALL SNOW BY THIS
EVENING. SNOW WILL TAPER OFF TO SCATTERED SNOW SHOWERS EARLY
SATURDAY AFTERNOON.

* IMPACTS…TRAVEL WILL BE DIFFICULT. VISIBILITIES MAY BE
LIMITED IN HEAVY SNOWFALL.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW
WILL CAUSE PRIMARILY TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR SNOW
COVERED ROADS AND LIMITED VISIBILITIES…AND USE CAUTION WHILE
DRIVING.


Yep, that is snow falling in the video I just took a few minutes ago, and the forecast listed above says we will be getting 2 – 6 inches of the white stuff. Someone please tell Mother Nature that it’s Spring!! 🙂

Have a wonderful weekend everyone! I hope it doesn’t snow in your neck of the woods.

~Enjoy~
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May Snow

May Snow

May Snow

May snow

Woke up this morning, looked out the window, and found that it is snowing once again.
It is May, isn’t it?

Luckily it seems to be very wet snow, and the current temperature is 34 degrees, which is slightly above freezing, so hopefully it will melt away as quickly as it is falling.

I just couldn’t resist going out on the balcony, writing today’s date in the fresh snow that had fallen, and taking a picture. (top photo)

I then went back out about a half hour later and took another picture. As you can see, the snow is still coming down and starting to erase the date. (bottom photo)

I’m really hoping that Summer will be long and hot, because it sure has been a bit of a disappointing Spring so far.

~Enjoy~
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