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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Broken Record

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This just in from the US National Weather Service Alaska:

The National Weather Service Office in Anchorage has broken a long standing record for the number of 70° days recorded in June. The old record was set 77 years ago in 1936 with 14 days! 17 days above at or above 70° have been recorded this year (through the 26th). The forecast through the weekend means that more 70° days are possible and that the record could be shattered!



I sure have been enjoying the lovely and warm summer days we’ve been having. The past couple of summers were very cool and rainy, but the weather this year has definitely made up for it.

Having lived in Alaska for 30+ years though, I know that the weather here can change very quickly. Therefore, I apologize profusely for my lack of posts lately, but this panicky feeling comes over me when the weather is this nice, and I feel like I need to get outside as much as possible and enjoy it before the inevitable change arrives.

I promise that I will return to posting more regularly though, once a change in the weather occurs. 🙂

Have a wonderful day everyone!

~Enjoy~

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We’re Having a Heat Wave – Alaska Style

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I’m so sorry I haven’t been around for the past couple of weeks, but after what seemed like a never-ending Winter, we are now having fantastic Spring weather. The temperatures have been in the low to mid 70’s for the past couple of weeks, and it’s looking like next week is shaping up to be more of the same, with temperatures climbing even higher – possibly into the 80’s. The following Special Weather Statement was released a few hours ago by the National Weather Service:


SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ANCHORAGE AK
830 AM AKDT FRI JUN 14 2013

AKZ101-111-121-125-141-145-150200-

…SIGNIFICANTLY ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES EXPECTED THIS WEEKEND THROUGH EARLY NEXT WEEK…

AN UNUSUALLY STRONG HIGH PRESSURE SYSTEM HAS BEGUN TO INTENSIFY OVER MAINLAND ALASKA. ALONG WITH AMPLE SUNSHINE THIS WEATHER PATTERN WILL USHER IN SOME OF THE WARMEST TEMPERATURES SEEN IN RECENT YEARS. THIS INCLUDES LOCATIONS FROM THE KENAI PENINSULA TO ANCHORAGE AND ALL POINTS NORTHWARD. DAILY HIGH TEMPERATURES WILL REACH INTO THE 80S AT MANY LOCATIONS. THESE TEMPERATURES ARE UNUSUAL IN SOUTHCENTRAL ALASKA. INDIVIDUALS PLANNING OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES SHOULD PLAN ACCORDINGLY…NOT ONLY FOR THE HEAT BUT FOR POTENTIAL RISES IN RIVER AND STREAM LEVELS DUE TO INCREASED SNOW MELT AT HIGHER ELEVATIONS.

HERE ARE THE CURRENT ANCHORAGE RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURES FOR THE NEXT SEVERAL DAYS. IT IS POSSIBLE SOME OF THESE RECORDS MAY FALL IN THE NEXT WEEK.

JUNE 15…..82 IN 1969
JUNE 16…..79 IN 1936
JUNE 17…..84 IN 1948
JUNE 18…..80 IN 1926
JUNE 19…..77 IN 1961



Needless to say, I haven’t been doing any baking because it’s been so warm. For the most part, I’ve just been spending a lot of time outside, soaking up as much sunshine and vitamin D as possible before this beautiful weather disappears. As soon as that happens, I’ll be back to baking and posting more often. 🙂

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!!

~Enjoy~

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