Monday, December 11, 2017

48˚ F (9˚C) In Anchorage, December 11, 2017

It's warm outside.  It gets colder than this in LA.

I've lived in Anchorage 40 years now and a brief warm spell in winter (no, we don't wait until the solstice to declare winter) is not unprecedented.  Warm Chinook winds are known to get the temperature up to 50˚F for a day or two.  But that's usually when there are several feet of snow on the ground and it doesn't happen often or even at all in any given year.

But our temps have been playing red rover with the freezing mark since it first snowed this year - and the last few years.  Winter has been starting later and ending earlier in the last decade or more.  This is not a normal abnormality.

I've kept the driveway as snow free as possible, so it is not a sheet of ice, like our street.  I'm hoping the strong winds will evaporate as much of the wet that's melting on the ice.

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