I'd finished a downtown meeting and decided to take advantage of the April sun and walk home.
The depth and texture of the snow screamed January or February.
But the light said April. Look at that tree's shadow. In January the sun is just a few fingers above the horizon and stretches the shadows way, way out.
This sun actually felt warm, even though it was low 20s.
I went straight down E and got on the Chester Creek trail at Valley of the Moon Park. The Weather Service says it's colder than normal and we've had a lot more April snow than normal. (This is for April 10.)
WEATHER ITEM OBSERVED RECORD YEAR NORMAL DEPARTURE LAST VALUE VALUE VALUE FROM YEAR NORMAL ........................................................... TEMPERATURE (F) YESTERDAY MAXIMUM 25 55 1938 42 -17 42 MINIMUM 14 4 1949 27 -13 22 AVERAGE 20 34 -14 32 PRECIPITATION (IN) YESTERDAY 0.02 0.47 1963 0.02 0.00 MONTH TO DATE 0.72 0.14 0.58 SINCE MAR 1 2.09 0.74 1.35 SINCE JAN 1 4.54 2.19 2.35 SNOWFALL (IN) YESTERDAY 0.8 7.8 1963 0.1 0.7 MONTH TO DATE 13.2 1.7 11.5 SINCE MAR 1 33.8 11.6 22.2 SINCE JUL 1 89.9 71.9 18.0 SNOW DEPTH 21
So we've had 13.2 inches of snow the first ten days this month (mostly in two days). Last year when we had the all time snowiest year in Anchorage, only 5 inches fell in April according to Western Regional Climate Center. Their records show
- 30 inches April 2008
- 27 inches April 1963
- 18.7 inches in 1955,
- 16.1 inches in 1975
- 14 inches 1977
- 14.1 inches 2010
There were a few people just hanging out, a few more pedestrians and a guy on his fat tire bike.
And some cross-country skiers with their dog. The snow had been packed down but it was like walking on a sandy beach - a lot of work. It felt like I'd shed a 30 pound pack when I got off the trail and on to pavement again.