Is Winter Over?

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About this time of year, most Alaskans are thinking about Spring with every other brain cycle. Old timers will often say “If you put that snow shovel away now you’re just asking for a big dump of snow.” Are these late season dumps a likely reality, or do the few that have happen just stick […]

Heavy Freezing Spray on Lynn Canal

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The marine forecast has been calling for heavy freezing spray quite a bit the last few weeks, and here is a graphic example of what they are talking about: This is not the Bering Sea, this is Lynn Canal in the “protected” Inside Passage of southeast Alaska! The crabber Perseverance, home port Sitka, pictured above […]

A Far West Alaskan Blizzard

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I probably blog too much about Southeast Alaska (it’s where I live), so for this post I’m going as far away from SE as one can go and still be in Alaska. Lets look at what Shemya, near the far western end of the Aleutians, and Barrow, on the peak of Alaska’s roof (and points […]

What’s the Snow Level?

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The simple answer: It’s the elevation above which any precipitation is expected to be snow, and below which, rain. It is interesting that the term is not found in the NWS online glossary http://www.weather.gov/glossary/ nor in the AMS’s online glossary http://amsglossary.allenpress.com/glossary/ nor in their printed version, Glossary of Weather and Climate. It is, nonetheless, a […]

Snow Talk

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There’s a lot of talk about snow this winter, which makes it just like any winter in Alaska, or say Washington or Massachusetts. If your ski trail looks like the one on the left then the talk’s going to sound pretty down. If it looks like the one on the right, then you’re probably pretty […]

Astronomy Weather

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While I find clouds fascinating, there is nothing like the clear blue sky, and when the sky is clear in Alaska, and especially Southeast Alaska, it is very clear and very blue thanks to the clean air. This photo was taken on the 17th from Haines looking across Lynn Canal at Santa Claus Mt. (can […]

Meteorological Bomb Hits Southeast Alaska

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Yes, bomb is a technical term in meteorology. In a general sense it is a rapidly-strengthening extra-tropical storm (the common low pressure disturbances that regularly spread rain, snow wind etc across the mid latitudes), and as the name implies, with the capacity to do damage, usually via wind. Also implied is the element of surprise. […]

Who Flipped the Switch?

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After a once-in-a-decade-or-more dry spell for 2/3rds of Alaska the weather machine in evening the score. Here in Haines we enjoyed 12 straight days with no precipitation and some record warm afternoons (and, yes we did get the hay cut, dried and into the barn, but it did take 5 days to dry. See the […]