glacier_kitty: (glacier - ice 2)
This is one of the best News-Miner articles I've ever read haha. It would have been better if it went to Beaver Sports though :D

FAIRBANKS—Sometimes driftwood just isn't enough, one beaver decided when it took an impromptu trip to Lowe's early Friday morning.

The beaver wandered into the parking lot of the Lowe's construction and home improvement store on the Johansen Expressway at about 7 a.m., triggering the automatic doors and strolling inside.

Once inside the store, the beaver made its way to the plumbing department, where store employees attempted to provide assistance to the wild animal.

A cellphone video of the incident shows employees asking the beaver if there is anything they can help it find in the store. However, the beaver — like many construction store shoppers — seemed to prefer to wander aimlessly through the store instead of asking for help.
the rest )
glacier_kitty: (kitty - blinky)
FAIRBANKS - Interior Alaska's snow cover is shrinking fast, and record temperatures forecast for the rest of the week will speed the process even more.

Temperatures from Fairbanks south to the Alaska Range could reach record highs on Thursday and Friday, according to the National Weather Service. A ridge of high pressure is stuck over the area, and a low-pressure system moving into the Gulf of Alaska is expected to pump warm air north.

Highs from the 40s to mid-50s are expected under mostly sunny skies.

The record high temperature for March 26 is 48 degrees, set in 1970. The normal high is 31 degrees

It's been so beautiful lately..I'm amazed at how much snow has melted already. I've seen blizzards in March, though hopefully not this year haha

Today I saw my OB cause the birth control pills stopped working (like..I'd skip the sugar pills and have a period anyway..didn't really help with the cramps either) and they were making me depressed and anxious. We decided to try Depo-Provera shots, which last for three months. I hope that works better than the pills..

4. A Picture you think will make someone else smile )

Today's trivia: Napoleon would make his servants wear his boots to break them in before he wore them
glacier_kitty: (forest - winter 2)
I cannot BELIEVE Interstellar didn't win the Oscar for Best Original Music Score..seriously?!? That soundtrack was amazing!! I'm glad it won Best Visual Effects though..when they announced it I threw my hands up and yelled "YESSS!" haha! It DEFINITELY deserved more than one Oscar though..sometimes I think the Academy is blind. :P I thought Neil Patrick Harris was a terrible host though..his jokes seemed..strained or something. Lady Gaga did an AWESOME job singing The Sound of Music though..I didn't think she could sing *that* well!! It was fun "watching" it with people on Facebook haha

And wow, check this out:
Alaska broke warm weather records again this week, while southern states braced for cold weather and the eastern seaboard was buried under more snow.

From the Arctic to the Interior and into Southeast Alaska, several regions in the state were warmer than the U.S. East Coast and South. In Louisiana, Gov. Bobby Jindal declared a state of emergency in anticipation of the arrival of severe winter weather.

Meanwhile, Anchorage was experiencing much milder weather. On Monday, it was 37 degrees in Alaska's largest city, while New York was 28 degrees and Boston was 19.

The Interior was also experiencing weather -- and temperatures -- similar to locales much farther south.

The Fairbanks North Star Borough School District shut schools down Monday because of icy road conditions and freezing rain, while the University of Alaska Fairbanks canceled classes. Parts of Texas and Arkansas were also experiencing sleet and freezing rain, the Weather Channel reported.

Austin, Texas was 32 degrees Monday, while Fairbanks was only a bit colder at 30 degrees

Crazy!!

day 10 - favorite classic movie )

Today's trivia: During a particularly bad storm on May 9, 1934 in the Dust Bowl Era, over three tons of dust for every American alive traveled across the country covering Chicago, New York and Atlanta. The storm spanned 1,800 miles and weighed 350 million tons

Sweet!

Feb. 11th, 2015 06:56 pm
glacier_kitty: (mountains - flowers)
ANCHORAGE — The race clock for the 2015 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race will start ticking in Fairbanks, not the usual takeoff point in Willow.

Members of the trail committee’s board of directors met Tuesday and voted unanimously to change the course due to low snowfall in some of the most treacherous sections of the trail’s roughly 1,000 miles.

Similar conditions forced the race’s restart to move from Willow to Fairbanks in 2003, bypassing the Alaska Range but keeping it roughly the same distance. The move to Fairbanks was considered in snow-starved 2014, too, and after the board’s decision kept mushers on the traditional southern route, the bruised and beaten up dog drivers criticized officials for not avoiding what some of them described as a catastrophe

Wow, cool! Apparently the Anchorage area is so snow starved there are bare spots..crazy. Hopefully it's not too cold so I can go watch!

Speaking of cold, after three weeks of bitter cold it FINALLY warmed up to 11! It's snowing too. I hate that these weather changes give me migraines, but I have Excedrin for that :P

22. Decisions are being made right now. The question is: Are you making them for yourself, or are you letting others make them for you? )

Today's trivia: The Vatican Bank is the only bank in the world that allows ATM users to select Latin to perform transactions
glacier_kitty: (chickadee 2)
JUNEAU, Alaska - A state Senate committee has advanced a bill that would exempt Alaska from daylight saving time.

The bill, from Sen. Anna MacKinnon, moved from the Senate State Affairs Committee on Tuesday.

It would exempt Alaska from the annual time change beginning in 2017. That means Alaska would be five hours behind the East Coast, instead of four hours behind, from about March to November.

MacKinnon told the committee that there are health impacts associated with changing the clocks each spring and fall, and she wants to help Alaskans avoid those. Those include increased rates of heart attacks, suicide and traffic accidents in the spring, she said

Good, I've always thought DST was pointless here. I hope it passes!!

Today's my brother's 23rd birthday..we're all getting old!! O_o Haha

21. What would you do differently if you knew nobody would judge you? )

Today's trivia: Beijing, Seoul, and Tokyo all mean "capital city" in their respective languages
glacier_kitty: (dana and i - meares glacier)
Cold temperatures absent from Alaska this winter

ANCHORAGE — Weather watchers are taking note of a mostly mild winter so far in Fairbanks and Anchorage, which have seen lower-than-normal snowfall and higher-than-normal temperatures.

In Fairbanks, the city has not had a day this winter that the official temperature stayed below zero, making Tuesday the fourth-latest date that has happened since 1904. Nor has the mercury dipped lower than 20 below at any point, the fifth latest date so far, the Weather Service says. Despite some recent snowfall, Fairbanks is still below average for snow, with nearly 18 inches, about 14 inches below normal for mid-December.

As for the comparatively warm weather, it does not appear to be leaving anytime soon.

For as far into the future as meteorologists can reliably estimate the weather — about two weeks — there does not appear to be a significant cool down coming, said Rick Thoman, climate science and services manager for the National Weather Service in Alaska. That means that as time goes on, more records could fall, Thoman said.

In the mid-20s in December?? Yes please! Loving it haha. I remember last Christmas it was like -36. Too bad all the darkness makes it harder to geocache though..

The craziest thing happened earlier..I was craving a smoothie at work and was wishing dad could bring me one like he does sometimes..I sent a "bring me a smoothie" message to him hoping he'd hear my thoughts haha, but figured it would be a long shot. Then like..5 minutes later dad comes in with a smoothie!!! I was so shocked and amazed lol! It definitely hit the spot :D

Day 6: Who is your favorite reindeer? )

Today's trivia: Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, at $341.8 million, was the most expensive movie ever made (adjusted for inflation)
glacier_kitty: (glacier - perito moreno 3)
FAIRBANKS - The weather system that's brought warm dry weather to Interior Alaska and cold stormy weather to the Lower 48 isn't forecast to change this week.

For Fairbanks, that means more sunny weather and warm temperatures, especially in the hills, which will erode this year's meager snow pack, according to Bob Fischer, lead forecaster at the National Weather Service.

High temperatures this week are forecast to be in the 20s with lows between zero and five above in the central Tanana Valley. They're expected to be significantly higher in the hills because of an inversion.

"We're getting some nice banana belt weather," Fischer said. "The bad news is if some time down the road ... if we get a cold snap there's not much snow on the ground, that runs the increased chance of frozen pipes."

This year's snow pack is about 2 inches, well below the normal for mid-November of about 8 inches, he said. For now, the long-range forecast going into next week doesn't predict either snow or a cold snap.

"The forecast model suggests maybe some weakening of the ridge early next week but there would still be above-normal temperatures," he said. "I think it's safe to say the likelihood of snow in the next seven to 10 days is pretty remote.

The weather is caused by the remnants of Typhoon Nuri, which is causing a high-pressure ridge centered over the Yukon Territory. Alaska, on the western side, is getting warm air from the tropics. The Midwest, meanwhile, is getting Arctic air.

The upper 30s in November? Loving it! Maybe it's making up for the rainy summer haha

30. Your dream for 'tomorrow' )

Today's trivia: Spy novel writer Ian Fleming was also a birdwatcher. He named his most famous character after the ornithologist James Bond
glacier_kitty: (mountains - snowy)
FAIRBANKS - Less than three days after a 5.1 magnitude quake rattled Interior Alaska, residents were jolted by another on Thursday morning.

Early measurements pegged it as a magnitude 5.2, but after review, the quake was measured at 5.0. It was centered 10 miles northeast of Minto, two miles from the site of Monday's quake and on the same fault system as a series of quakes that shook the area in late August. Thursday's quake occurred at 8:30 a.m. and was about 10 miles deep.

It was felt from Delta Junction to Nenana. Residents in some areas reported Thursday's quake was longer and felt stronger than Monday's. One Fairbanks resident reported broken dishes and others said items were knocked off shelves.

Yep, I felt it. I was reading in bed before work and everything started shaking. It did feel bigger than the previous one, even though it was a little smaller. I guess it's good the fault is releasing tension with smaller quakes rather than the tension building up and releasing a big one. Alaska is never boring :P

12. Throwback Thursday: Your fave song last year )

Today's trivia: The lifespan of a human hair is 3 to 7 years on average

NOOOOO

Sep. 22nd, 2014 03:52 pm
glacier_kitty: (northern lights 7)
FAIRBANKS - Winter is expected to make its first appearance of the year in much of Fairbanks on Tuesday, with snow showers forecast for much of the area.

National Weather Service meteorologist Scott Berg said residents in the hills outside Fairbanks can expect snow accumulation of as much as half an inch on Tuesday afternoon. Lower elevations will likely get a mixture of rain and snow.

Areas from Delta to Denali Park are also expected to receive a heavy dusting of snow on Tuesday.

A "hit and run" weather front from Northwest Alaska is delivering the moist, cool weather, but it should pass through the area quickly. Berg said the weather pattern should last about 12 hours, and that any snow that accumulates should leave quickly.

"It's not going to stick around — it's probably going to melt off pretty quickly," Berg said.

Still, it represents the end of a balmy September, with temperatures dipping into the 20s during the evenings tonight and Tuesday night. Although temperatures are expected to rise slightly after the front moves through Interior Alaska, Berg said no more warm days are in the forecast.

"Temperature-wise, we've turned the corner," Berg said. "They're going to get consistently colder from here on out."

Well, I guess it had to happen eventually (I'm never ready for it though haha :P)..76 last week, snow this week..crazy. It definitely feels like it could snow out there..brr

Day 11- quote from a band member )

Today's trivia: The name "Buckeye" came from the Native Americans who noticed that the glossy, chestnut-brown seeds with the lighter circular "eye" looked very similar to the eye of a buck (male) deer
glacier_kitty: (mountains - trees/lake)
FAIRBANKS - The last gasp of summer that arrived in Interior Alaska over the weekend was the hottest ever to hit Fairbanks this time of year.

The temperature in Fairbanks on Saturday and Sunday broke or tied the record for the daily highs on Sept. 13 and Sept. 14. The unseasonably warm temperatures peaked at 76 degrees Fahrenheit, recorded just before 4 p.m. Sunday.

The new record for Sunday replaces a previous record high of 73, recorded in 1938. The temperature peaked Saturday at 74 degrees, tying the record, which was set in 1965. Fairbanks also set a record for the highest minimum temperature on Saturday, as the temperature never dropped below 51 degrees.

The normal temperature range for this time of year generally falls between highs in the low 50s and lows in the mid 30s. Forecasters at the National Weather Service said the unseasonably warm weather should carry through into Monday and begin to slowly taper off from there. The temperature on Tuesday should be back in the lower 60s and should be back into the 50s by Thursday.

Wow! It was soooo nice yesterday..warm and beautiful. I wish the whole summer had been like that..

Day 04- a quote about family )

Today's trivia: Eighty Eight, Kentucky, was named when the postmaster checked his pocket and found 88 cents

Awwww <3

Sep. 9th, 2014 07:44 pm
glacier_kitty: (pawprints on your heart)
How Thula The Cat Helps A Girl With Autism Live Life More Fully

OMG this is amazing..I love it. <3 <3 Animals are so special. Her paintings are pretty good too!

Clarissa explains it all or Sister sister? )

Today's trivia: The record for the most consecutive skips of a stone on water is 51 and is held by Russell Byars
glacier_kitty: (arctica)
FAIRBANKS - After all the flooded basements, waterlogged gardens and ruined weekends, Fairbanksans have this: They made it through the wettest summer in recorded history.

A brief noon shower on Friday pushed the area into new territory, putting the overall precipitation total at 11.62 inches. That surpasses a record set in 1930, when Fairbanks was doused with 11.59 inches of rain.

The summer record tallies the total precipitation received in June, July and August. Local rain records date back to 1906.

This year's total was spurred by unprecedented rainfall in June and near-record precipitation in July. In June, a 3.56-inch total bested a record set in 1949. In July, the 5.78 inches of rain made it the second-wettest July ever.

Wow..at least we broke the record after all that. :P It was COLD this morning and the plants are changing colors..noooooo. People are seeing the Northern Lights already though..cool!

Favorite artist )
glacier_kitty: (northern lights 7)
FAIRBANKS — Not even one week into August, summer 2014 has reached second place for the most rain on record, and is only half an inch from the record.

As of 1 p.m. Tuesday, 11.05 inches had fallen at Fairbanks International Airport since the beginning of June, approaching the all-time summer record of 11.59 inches, which was set in 1930. Summer 1967, which had 10.67 inches, is now third all-time. The summer season for record keeping includes June, July and August.

Between 1 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, 0.64 inches of rain fell at the airport. Rain totals varied across the Interior: Circle received 0.77 inches of rain, while Eielson Air Force Base recorded 0.56 inches. Almost 2 inches has fallen this August in Fairbanks.

Based on past numbers, there’s a good chance Fairbanks will set a new rainfall record, according to Rick Thoman, Climate Science and Service Manager at the Fairbanks National Weather Service office.

“In the last 100 years, only about seven Augusts have not received half an inch of rain between Aug. 6 and the 31st,” Thoman said.

Jeez..well, I guess if it's that close, we may as well break the record. :P I hope this doesn't mean the winter will be super snowy and cold..

Today's trivia: Tomato juice is the official state beverage of Ohio

Record rain

Jul. 3rd, 2014 04:57 pm
glacier_kitty: (kitty - fence)
FAIRBANKS—If you thought June was wet, welcome to July.

The record-setting deluge that has nearly drowned the central and eastern Interior continued in force Tuesday night and Wednesday as rain continued to pour down in amounts not seen in Fairbanks since the historic flood of 1967.

Nearly 2 inches of rain — 1.92 officially — was recorded at the Fairbanks International Airport on Tuesday, shattering the daily record of 0.65 of an inch in 1935 and nearly surpassing the average rainfall for the entire month — 2.16 inches — in one day.

An additional 1.39 inches of rain had fallen at the airport as of 11 a.m. Wednesday, making the two-day rainfall total of 3.31 inches for Tuesday and Wednesday the third-wettest on record in 102 years of weather records in Fairbanks, meteorologist Rick Thoman at the National Weather Service in Fairbanks said. It marked only the fourth time in history with back-to-back days with more than 1 inch of rain at the airport, he said.
the rest )

Wow..that's a LOT of water. Goldstream Valley is super flooded..the creek looks like a river now. It's so nice to see the sun today finally! Good to see at the beginning of a 3 day weekend!

DAY 29: If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life what would it be? )
glacier_kitty: (pawprints on your heart)
1. Lightly touching her forehead against you
Called head bunting, this feline act of affection is delivered only to the A-listers in a cat's life. Your cat will face you, lower her head and lean forward so that the top of her head touches your forehead, face or other body part. This loving touch can often release feel-good hormones called endorphins in your cat and you.

Yes it does lol. Snowy especially likes to cuddle with his chin buried in your hair and your chin resting on the top of his head

2. Cheek rubbing you
Think of your cat as a feline graffiti artist. To make her turf really feel like home, she will rub her cheeks against the corners of furniture and, possibly, your legs or hands when you pet her. This act secretes oils from her facial glands. It's her way of claiming you as her own. Just be grateful that she does so by cheek rubbing, not spraying.

Abby claimed me the moment I met her lol. It's kinda gross when she's drooling though haha :P

3. Twitching the tip of her tail
The feline tail acts like a mood barometer. The tail puffs out when your cat is frightened or agitated. Conversely, your cat expresses love to you when she approaches you with her tail hoisted lazily up in the air and the very tip twitches. In cat speak, she is saying, "You rock my world!"

That amuses me haha. I don't think Abby can do it like other cats though since I think part of her tail is missing..

4. Holding eye contact and sharing a soft blink
Don't expect a cat to maintain a steady eye-to-eye stare with a new houseguest. Cats save eye contact for people they know and trust, like you. The bond is accented when she blinks softly at you. This is the equivalent of a kitty kiss. Respond by softly blinking back.

I love when she does that <3

5. Turning on the purr power
This steady, rhythmic sound emitted when your cat inhales and exhales is often associated with contentment. But cats also purr when they need to self-calm or while nursing a litter; however, your cat saves the special full-bodied rumble as a smile directed to you. It is her way of saying, "I love you."

Purring is one of the best sounds ever <3

6. Sitting on you or beside you
Cats crave warm places to nap and sleep, but when they bypass a comfy cat bed or your bedroom pillow to perch on your lap, you should feel honored. Your cat has sized up her options and is conveying that she prefers being with you rather than being by herself in her cat bed.

I definitely feel honored when she (or any cat) sits on my lap..I love the warm and cozy feeling!

7. Kneading his paws on your lap
If you need a sign it is time to trim your cat's nails, nothing is clearer than when he perches on your lap, purrs and starts kneading your thighs with her front paws. But this is also a sign of affection. Experts say that this action beckons your adult cat back to a safe, welcoming memory when she was nuzzling his mother for milk as a newborn kitten. He is being affectionate and a bit nostalgic.

One reason I like putting a blanket on my lap..though she'll knead on my arm anyway :P

8. Licking your hair and earlobes
OK, neither of these actions may rate on your top 10 list of affection preferences, but your cat is regarding you as another cat - albeit a big one - in her inner circle. Only special "cats" are deemed worthy of these special grooming sessions. In a multicat household, mutual grooming is a sign of trust and friendship. Pay attention to which cats, if any, in your home team up for mutual grooming. You may be the only one meriting such a gift!

Abby likes to lick my cheek the most..kinda gross after she's eaten haha

9. Bringing you dead mice, birds and other so-called gifts
Evolution and domestication have not stripped your cat of her inner hunter. After a successful hunt, she may deposit a mouse head or lizard tail in a place she knows you will visit - like your pillow. Yuck? Yes, but your cat is sharing her prey prize with you, a true sign of trusted friendship.

Yep, and she's VERY proud when she brings it to me haha

Yay, Abby loves me. :D (But I already knew that hehe)

3. lose half your hair or lose half your hearing? )

Today's trivia: In 1778, fashionable women of Paris never went out in blustery weather without a lightning rod attached to their hats

Alaska <3

Apr. 12th, 2014 04:41 pm
glacier_kitty: (glacier - serenity)
32 Photos of Alaska Will Blow Your Mind and Make You Insanely Jealous

OMG this article is amazing..especially #3. There's nothing like standing next to a glacier in the fresh Alaska air <3 (I knew that was Columbia Glacier before reading the caption haha). It's such an honor to live here!

Day 8- What Animal’s Diet would you like to be on? )

Again?!

Nov. 20th, 2013 04:08 pm
glacier_kitty: (trojan)
A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR BLOWING SNOW REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 6 AM TO 6 PM AKST THURSDAY.

* LOCATION...OVER SUMMITS.
* WINDS...EAST GUSTING TO 40 MPH.
* BLOWING SNOW...LOCALLY REDUCING VISIBILITY TO ONE HALF MILE OR LESS AT TIMES.
* TIMING...DEVELOPING EARLY THURSDAY AND CONTINUING THROUGH THURSDAY NIGHT

Jeez..we don't need more wind! There are still people without power! At least it won't be in the -20s and -30s like today (that must be awful without power!)

This article is awful and makes me sad and angry. “He called my nephew a nasty name, and my nephew Cole cocked (sic) him in the mouth,” resident Jamie Harrison wrote to the station. “I’m proud of my nephew for doing that.” WTF??!! Uhh maybe he called him a nasty name cause he was being bullied?! Bullying should NEVER be ok. Those people should be ashamed of themselves and should probably read up on autism..

Day 17: Close up )

Would you rather in a crowded movie theater, sit behind three very tall people or in front of a group of loud giggling people? The second one

Today's trivia: Alvin, Texas, received 43 inches of rain in 24 hours during Tropical Storm Claudette in 1979

Awesome :P

Oct. 13th, 2013 11:04 am
glacier_kitty: (luca - cave)
Week of warm weather for Alaska: An unusual bend in high-altitude air currents is expected to bring warm and wet weather conditions to the Interior and Western Alaska, storminess in Southcentral, and an unseasonable lack of precipitation for Southeast. That's according to the National Weather Service, whose forecasters expect the jet stream's shift to bring the tropical moisture north all of next week. Temperatures should be near freezing on the North Slope, and in the 40s or higher for most parts of Alaska to the south, forecasters say. The weather pattern is expected to delay any snowfall in Southcentral Alaska

Works for me :P (the clouds definitely have that "Chinook look" to them haha)

10. What's your best physical feature?

Hair or smile

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glacier_kitty: (kitty - winter)
Experts warn fruit smoothies may be just as unhealthy as soda

Ugh SERIOUSLY?? Apparently EVERYTHING is bad for you or will cause cancer these days. "Smoothies and fruit juices are the new danger"?? Maybe if you use that nasty syrup stuff but just a regular fruit smoothie?? These articles on Yahoo are so annoying, but this one pushed me over the edge since I love smoothies so much (one article said wine will cause breast cancer!). Just eat in moderation! Next they're gonna say apples will make you go blind..

It's raining rather hard today..it was so hard getting out of bed haha

26. A .gif of a couple you ship )
glacier_kitty: (kitty - fence)
The honorary cat mayor of Talkeetna, Alaska, is in bad shape after being attacked by a dog.

Mayor Stubbs, the cat, suffered a fractured sternum and a punctured lung, and already has undergone three hours of surgery, owner Lauri Stec told KTUU.

The part-Manx cat clawed his way onto the political scene of Talkeetna, a town of about 900 people north of Anchorage, through a write-in campaign. He has held the honorary position for more than 15 years.

His election earned him enough press to catapult the town at the base of Mount McKinley into a tourist destination. Mayor Stubbs has tens of thousands of followers on social media. Many Facebook friends are asking how to donate to his medical bills.

Stec said the offending dog was not picked up by animal control because it happened late Saturday evening. But she plans to file a report: "As far as I'm concerned he needs to go away," she said about the dog.

The would-be dog assassin is in hiding, Stec said, and Stubbs is recovering at a veterinarian's office in Wasilla, KTUU reports.

"All I can say right now is he's holding his own," she said.

Poor Stubbs!! I was so sad reading the article on Alaska Dispatch. I hope he'll recover ok, I love seeing him when I go to Talkeetna!

The bookstore was so busy today..maybe everyone's getting ready for winter :P

21. A .gif involving food )

Would you rather bite the head off a live gopher or thoroughly lick a cat's butt? Wtf..

Today's trivia: Carcassonne, France is the largest walled city in Europe

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