glacier_kitty: (mark gatiss - mycroft)
2017-05-24 06:54 pm

DO NOT WANT

FAIRBANKS - Snow is forecast to fall at higher elevations in Interior Alaska over the next few days, according to a National Weather Service special weather statement issued Wednesday.

The cold front was predicted to begin in the central Interior and Brooks Range Wednesday night and move east to the Canada border on Thursday. Cold weather is forecast to follow the snow, with a low around 32 in Fairbanks on Friday night.

The weather service predicts snow will fall but not stick at elevations above 1,000 feet and could accumulate to depths of 2 to 4 inches above elevations of 2,000 feet. This could impact Elliott, Dalton, Steese and Richardson highway mountain passes.

In Fairbanks, 1,000 feet is about the elevation of Birch Hill. If snow sticks above 2,000 feet as predicted it will put a layer of snow on the summits of Ester and Murphy domes.

Significantly more snow is forecast for the Alaska Range, with 6 to 11 inches expected to fall west of Polychrome Pass in Denali National Park.

The weather was so nice last week..and now snow??!! IT'S ALMOST JUNE THAT IS NOT OK (snow is nice in the winter, but not in MAY). This week has definitely been cooler than normal..wow. Alaska's weather is always crazy it seems like :P

i need some pics of cherry after reading that :P )

May 24: Nostalgia )

Today's trivia: Because news traveled so slow back then, slaves in Texas didn't know they were free for more than two months after Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation
glacier_kitty: (night sky 5)
2017-03-27 03:58 pm

Cold March

FAIRBANKS — Fairbanks and Interior Alaska remain unusually cold for late March with temperatures 10 to 20 degrees lower than normal, according to the National Weather Service. From Nenana to Fort Yukon, temperatures were 20 below or lower Friday morning, and Smith Lake on the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus registered 28 below.

The first three weeks of March were the fourth coldest on record according to the National Weather Service in Fairbanks. The minimum 21-day mean average low temperature for the Fairbanks area was 8.9 below. The coldest first 21 days of March on record was in 1966, with a mean average temperature of 15.1 below.

NWS Meteorologist Don Aycock said a cold air mass has settled over the Interior. Aycock said strong swings between high and low temperatures are typical in March, but the heavy snow cover and clear skies are helping the low temperatures dip down at night.

But it could warm up [this] week.

“We could see some snow showers Monday through Wednesday,” Aycock said. “It wouldn’t be a great deal of snow. We’re on the western edge of that system. We could miss it entirely.”

Aycock said the clouds could roll in from the southeast as soon as Monday night. Low temperatures could be above zero, with highs in the 20s. He said there’s a possibility high temperatures could reach the 30s by midweek.

“If we get in the 20s and lower 30s we’ll see water on the road when the temperatures combine with the sun,” he said.

Depending on the amount of cloud cover, Aycock said Fairbanks might not get a lot of sunshine.

“Breakup is still quite a ways out,” he added.

Yeah, it's definitely felt colder than normal..either that, or it's snowing lol. It's supposed to get into the 40s by Friday though, yay! Winter has already stayed too long :P

pics for march 26 and 27 )

Today's trivia: In ancient Egypt, servants were smeared with honey in order to attract flies away from the pharaoh
glacier_kitty: (night sky)
2017-03-13 04:07 pm

10 most doomed expeditions

Here is an interesting article I came across: The 10 Most Doomed Expeditions in History. For some reason I was surprised that I recognized half of them haha. The writer totally trashed Robert F. Scott though..yeah he made mistakes, but I've read about other expeditions that were better prepared, but totally fell apart because the men didn't get along. Scott and his men were friends till the very end (when Scott was found, his hand was resting on Wilson's bag *tear*). I'll always be impressed by how they well he and his men got along with each other..they were amazing <3

The article about S.A. Andree's Arctic Expedition was almost as funny as the one on Goodreads haha ("Plus, his drag ropes would persistently snap, fall off, become entangled with each other, or get stuck to the ground, which could result in pulling the often low-flying balloon down into a dangerous bounce. Sounds good! Let's go to the north pole!" LOLOL)

And the poor Franklin Expedition.."Evidence suggested that a combination of cold, starvation, and disease including scurvy, pneumonia, and tuberculosis, all made worse by lead poisoning, killed everyone in the Franklin party." Eeesh (I keep wondering why Crozier's ship was named "Terror"..weird name for a ship, unless you're a pirate :P)

pics for march 11 and 12 )

Today's trivia: The Mall in Washington, D.C. is 1.4 times larger than Vatican City
glacier_kitty: (alaska - we grow ice)
2017-01-09 03:50 pm

Ughhh

FAIRBANKS — A period of severe cold that has the potential to replicate legendary cold snaps of 1989 and 1999 is forecast next week in Fairbanks. The forecast calls for sustained temperatures below minus 40 and little relief for residents in the hills where temperatures are usually warmer.

The prediction is just beyond the National Weather Service's 7-day forecast horizon. Weather models predict a cold low-pressure air mass to move over Interior Alaska in the next 7 to 10 days.

The predicted cold snap is different from a more typical cold snap that is caused by an inversion — higher-elevation warm air that traps cold air in low-lying areas like Fairbanks and North Pole, said National Weather Service Climate and Science Services Manager Rick Thoman.

"When we have the big high pressures like we have right now, we tend to get very strong inversions. The air mass overall is not that cold," he said. "The really extreme events like the 1989, like the 1999 event, occur when we get the air mass very cold, not just on the surface but through much of the lower part of the atmosphere."

January 1989 is the cold snap that many winters are compared against, Thoman said. The temperature hit 54 below at Fairbanks International Airport and 63 below at TV station KJNP in North Pole. People in the hills who weren't accustomed to deep freezes had problems with their heating oil gelling, Thoman said.

Ughhh..can I go back to Arizona?? That sounds kinda scary D:

Today at work I found a novel Mark Gatiss wrote..wow, I didn't know he was a writer too! Cool, maybe I should read it lol (he's Cherry the Second! <3 Hehe)

3. the floor of your bedroom )

Today's trivia: Laws pertaining to birth aboard aircraft and ships mean it is possible for a person born on a British ship, anchored in a United States port, with a Chinese father and Turkish mother, to have quadruple nationality
glacier_kitty: (kitty - winter)
2016-11-29 04:07 pm

Annndd it's winter..

FAIRBANKS — The skies began clearing Monday afternoon over the Interior, and the temperatures began dropping.

In addition, the National Weather Service is predicting several snow storms will move north across the Interior, starting tonight.

Monday’s high temperature at Fairbanks International Airport was 1 below just before 6 a.m. Since then, the temperature steadily dropped to 10 below just before 2 p.m.

According to the Weather Service, lows Monday night were to drop to 25 below zero. The north wind could drop the temperature to 40 below with wind chill in areas.

It’s likely Fairbanks won’t have 30 below weather until early next week, Fischer added.

It’s been more than a year since Fairbanks experienced temperatures colder than 25 degrees below zero.

For reference, the coldest temperature recorded last winter was 29 below, in November 2015. It marked 2015-16 as only the second winter in 109 years that did not see 30-below-zero temperatures. On average, Fairbanks experiences 25 days at or colder than 30 below during each cold season.

Temperatures for the next week are expected to be highly variable, with lows around 25 below to highs in the single digits above zero.

It was weird..yesterday it was 0 and when I woke up today it was suddenly -21! Me and a coworker were also talking about how warm it was last winter (compared to -40, -29 is warm lol). I should probably start wearing my goggles now (so I can cover my face without my glasses icing up), but I feel so ridiculous wearing them lol (maybe pretending to be Cherry trekking through Antarctica would help haha). I guess that's better than worrying about frostbite though :P

Yesterday Becky was like "I have a book for you in my office, it was written by your boyfriend!" haha. I was like "you found The Worst Journey in the World??!" She and Denise were laughing because I kept hugging the book LOL. Now I have three editions of the book, yay! Haha (well, I went one day without mentioning Cherry at least :P)

Day 13-Handwrite the first 10 things that pop into your head )

Today's trivia: The Toltecs, 7th century native Mexicans, used wooden swords in battle so they didn't kill their enemy
glacier_kitty: (tyrion lannister)
2016-10-18 03:53 pm
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*phew!*

A suspect has been arrested and charged in the shooting of Fairbanks Police Sgt. Allen Brandt early Sunday.

In a mid-afternoon news conference, Fairbanks police said they had arrested Anthony George Jenkins-Alexie about 10 a.m. today. Jenkins-Alexie was charged with assault and attempted first-degree murder of a police officer. He was remanded to Fairbanks Correctional Center this afternoon.

Jenkins-Alexie has a criminal history and has made previous threats to law enforcement, according to acting police chief Brad Johnson.

Johnson said the arrest came about during their investigation, helped in large part by tips from citizens. Alexie was arrested not far from where he left Brandt's police car Sunday, the downtown neighborhood around 8th Avenue and Clay Street. Johnson said the suspect was "out taking a walk" when he was arrested.

Just talking a walk..in the area you shot the officer at..not the smartest criminal I see. :P Luckily the officer is still alive and will recover

I also read Juneau has seen measurable snowfall before Fairbanks for the first time in over 70 years. Wow (it might snow on Thursday though). At least the wind stopped, that was crazy!

Day 13: Post a picture of you at school/college/university/work )

Today's trivia: The sweat drops drawn in cartoon comic strips are called pleuts
glacier_kitty: (apsley cherry-garrard 3)
2016-10-17 03:54 pm

*MELTS*

So I found this article about Cherry the other day..

When Apsley Cherry-Garrard, one of Captain Scott's companions on his doomed polar expedition in 1912, fell in love aged 50, his lovemaking followed an unusual pattern. He met 20-year-old Angela Turner on a Norwegian cruise in 1937. He was alone, she with her parents and brother.

One day, the boat docked and Angela and Cherry slipped off for a walk on their own. They sat on a bench where Cherry picked up a small piece of quartz and offered it to Angela. 'Years later, when she had become an Antarctic expert, Angela discovered that the courtship ritual of the penguin centres around stone-giving, stones being a vital commodity for the construction of the nest.'

This story illuminates the reserved, passionate Cherry-Garrard (always known, except to his mother, as Cherry) in several ways. At that time, almost no one in the world would have known such an intimate detail about penguin lovemaking, but Cherry had made 'the worst journey in the world' to collect penguin eggs and always retained a deep affection for the comical, determined birds he had nearly given his life to see.

He was also chronically shy and afflicted by bouts of dark depression which made expressing his emotions painful for him. This type of non-verbal communication was the perfect solution for a man who felt things deeply but had terrible trouble talking about them.

Awww. OMG I love this so much. *swoons* I think I just turned into a hopeless romantic LOL. That's quite an age difference, but I'd marry him too if he did such a sweet gesture like that. I hope I can find a modern Cherry somewhere..please, give me a rock and I'm all yours LOL. What a sweet and amazing guy! <3 (Cherry giving Angela quartz was even in the docudrama! I was wondering what that was about lol)

It can stop being windy ANY time now..20 degrees + wind = NOPE. Brrrr! A cold front must cave come through or something..

Day 12: Post a picture of you just before you go to bed )

Today's trivia: The only satellite that has ever been destroyed by a meteor was the European Space Agency's communications satellite, Olympus, in 1993
glacier_kitty: (forest - winter 2)
2016-10-12 06:52 pm
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Late snow

FAIRBANKS — Fairbanks is almost two weeks behind normal for the first snow accumulation of the season, but it’s too soon to tell whether we’ll have a brown Halloween.

If it snowed today — it’s not in the forecast — it would be the third-latest date for first snow accumulation in the past 30 years. If it doesn’t snow until Saturday, it will be the latest start to the snow season since the 1980s.

The short-term forecast doesn’t call for snow in the immediate future, but a high pressure system that’s brought warm sunny weather all week is dissipating and will bring colder weather and a chance of snow, National Weather Service meteorologist Scott Berg said.

“The high pressure lingers, but it gives way to some colder air moving in. We do have a low that will be over Canada, so it kind of squeezes the high pressure out to the northwest over Siberia,” he said. “The low over the Canadian archipelago will kind of spin some cold air down onto the state on Thursday.”

The forecast calls for a low of about 10 degrees Saturday night.

The changing weather isn’t expected to bring a significant amount of snow. The Weather Service threshold for measurable snowfall is one-tenth of an inch.

The overall record for latest snowfall in Fairbanks weather history was in 1918 when the first snow didn’t pile up until Halloween.

This sunny nice weather is fine with me lol..it is kind of weird for it to be cold(ish) with no snow on the ground haha. I imagine it'll happen eventually though :P

Day 8: Post a picture of you and your [desired] husband/wife (Can be photoshopped) )

Today's trivia: The role of Captain Jack Sparrow was initially offered to Jim Carrey, but he turned it down for Bruce Almighty
glacier_kitty: (night sky 4)
2016-09-14 07:14 pm

WTF D:

Earlier I went on Facebook and saw "Grapevine Lake" under the trending column..that surprised me, since that isn't really a newsworthy place (and near where I grew up), and this is what I read:

GRAPEVINE, TEXAS - A dismembered body that had also been lit on fire was found at a park near Grapevine Lake early Wednesday, according to police.

Police said officers were sent to Acorn Woods Park, a densely wooded area with trails on the south side of the lake, around 6:30 a.m.

Grapevine officials confirmed to News 8 a woman's body was found burned and in "several pieces" near the water.

WTF??! That's awful!! I spent a lot of my childhood at Grapevine Lake, so that's even more disturbing to me. That's so sad :( (I always worry one of these days I'm gonna find a dead body when I'm geocaching D:)

Favorite color )

Today's trivia: When the mummy of Ramses II was sent to France in the mid-1970s, it was issued a passport listing his occupation as "King (deceased)"
glacier_kitty: (glacier - moraines)
2016-08-02 03:35 pm
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Water water everywhere..

FAIRBANKS — The combined months of June and July 2016 are shaping up to be the second wettest on record, a National Weather Service forecaster said Sunday.

“It’s definitely quite a bit wetter than normal,” lead forecaster Bob Fischer said.

Rainfall in Fairbanks was 8.16 inches, adding up both June and July, as of 3 p.m. Sunday.

The record for the combined period of June-July was set in 2014 when 9.34 inches of precipitation fell in Fairbanks, Fischer said.

July 2016 by itself is also one for the record books. Fischer anticipates it will rank fourth with 4.96 inches of rain.

The rainiest July on record was in 2003 with 5.96 inches of rain.

Fischer is expecting things to dry up a bit going into August, though flood advisories in the Interior remain in effect — some through early Tuesday morning.

“There is still a lot of water coming downstream,” Fischer said.

The Chena River continues to flood a bike path that runs under the Barnette Street Bridge, and spot flooding has been reported in low-lying areas of Fairbanks.

Wow. They keep canceling the Rubber Ducky Race and the River Regatta since the river is so high. August is usually our rainy month (especially during the fair :P), though I hope it dries up like the forecaster said

List one thing you'd never do )

Today's trivia: US president James Buchanan would regularly buy slaves in Washington, take them to Pennsylvania, and quietly set them free
glacier_kitty: (the eiger)
2016-07-21 04:38 pm

Wow

FAIRBANKS—High water continues on the Chena River, causing continued minor flooding upstream of Fairbanks and the cancellation or postponement of two weekend boat events.

According to the National Weather Service, between 1 and 3 inches of rain fell over the region earlier this week, raising the Chena River to minor flood stage in Two Rivers and North Pole. The Army Corps of Engineers closed flood gates at the Moose Creek Dam at 6 p.m. Wednesday, with a goal of limiting the Chena River flow to less than 12,000 cubic feet per second in downtown Fairbanks.

The flow was 8,550 cubic feet per second as of 11:15 a.m. today in downtown and was forecast to peak at 4 a.m. Friday. at 9,010 cubic feet per second, according to the Weather Service model.

As of Wednesday evening, the Chena River had begun dropping upstream of the Granite Tors campground, and a crest of water was moving toward the Moose Creek Dam. It is expected to reach the dam sometime today.

Minor flooding is expected to continue in low-lying areas in the Steamboat Landing neighborhood and may affect Freeman Road, off of Nordale Road. Drivers are cautioned not to drive their vehicles through flooded areas.

Heavy rain fell overnight and into this morning, and more is forecast through Friday.

When I flew back to Fairbanks on Monday I saw the river was pretty high when we passed over it. I'm glad we have that dam, otherwise we'd get flooded out! And really..you shouldn't have to be cautioned not to drive through flooded areas..DUH. lol

Today walking home from work I saw a guy holding his phone..he saw I was holding mine too and was like "Team Mystic!" LOL. We were at a Pokestop, so he assumed I was playing too (which I was..sorry not sorry :P). I did happen to choose Team Mystic, though I haven't battled anyone or whatever you do at those gyms lol (I'm nervous about trying it and messing something up lol). I only caught a Zubat thing this time..he was in my way!! Haha, I love this game :P

I hate the news these days..all these shootings and today I read about teenagers that burned puppies alive and posted it to Snapchat and another about an abandoned cat with her kittens tied to her..they rescued the kittens, but they all died. WHY?? How can people be so awful?? I wish the world would get better :(

Who's your biggest role model? )

Today's trivia: There's a 230-foot-long sea organ on the coast of Croatia. The organ, designed by architect Nikola Basic, has 35 tubes that make music whenever the waves crash into them
glacier_kitty: (winter lake 2)
2016-05-15 02:00 pm

Heatwave

FAIRBANKS - Fairbanks set another record high temperature on Saturday, breaking a mark that was set in 1915.

The thermometer topped out at 82 degrees at Fairbanks International Airport, 2 degrees warmer than the previous record. Fairbanks also set a record high of 79 on Friday. The normal high for this time of year is 60.

Interior Alaska, already under dry conditions, pulled through two days of record-breaking hot weather without a wildfire starting.

The fire service was ready for fire activity, Mowry said, as temperatures climbed on Saturday, hitting a high of 82 degrees at Fairbanks International Airport about 7 p.m. and setting a new record for a high temperature for May 14.

The old record of 80 degrees was set in 1915, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Ryan Metzger.

“(Saturday) was the first time we hit 80 degrees this season,” Metzger said.

It was so warm on Saturday that the low temperature, 59 degrees, broke a record too for highest minimum temperature on May 14. Metzger said the previous record, set in 2005, was 52 degrees.

Fairbanks’ low temperature on Saturday beat Chicago’s high temperature of 47 degrees, the meteorologist said.

Wow, 80 degrees in May. I'm glad it cooled off and rained some, especially since there has been so much pollen lately. I went to the clinic to get stuff for allergies and when the doctor looked inside my nose he was like "wow, it looks brutal in there!" It was too swollen to even breathe..luckily the stuff I got has helped some, phew

Yesterday I was talking to mom about how I still feel so much better on the Prozac..she was like "yeah, suddenly just one day it seemed this cloud lifted off you and I could feel your good vibes." Wow. I wish I had gotten help sooner, I felt like a shell of a person, existing but dead inside. It's given me my life back..I'm not sure why Prozac works so well for me when the others didn't, but I'm so happy I found something that works!

List three animals you like )
glacier_kitty: (iceberg)
2016-05-04 03:37 pm
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Ewww

Spiking levels of birch pollen are hitting Fairbanks, Anchorage and much of the rest of Alaska, with doctors seeing an influx of allergy and asthma patients.

It's gotten so bad that even those who aren't allergic may be experiencing reactions to the airborne irritant.

Fairbanks broke its record Monday with a birch pollen count of 4,290. Dr. Jeffrey Demain, medical director for the Anchorage-based Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Center of Alaska​, said the world-record birch pollen measurement of 4,696 was recorded in Denmark in 2014, so Fairbanks fell a little shy of the record. But he still described the levels as "massively high."

“It’s so intense to look through the microscope -- all you see is birch pollen,” Demain said.

“We are hearing from patients around the state that they are experiencing increased eye and nasal symptoms as well as asthma symptoms,” Demain wrote in an email. “For the most part, we are hearing from our Anchorage-based patients.”

Among the symptoms seen by staff at the center are allergic people’s eyes tearing up so severely they’re unable to drive, and sufferers of other ailments have also reported problems -- even those who had previously well-controlled asthma might be experiencing sneezing and coughing, Demain said.

“It’s definitely a rough spring for people,” he said. “You reach a point when you have this much particulate in the air, you might have people that aren’t even allergic who might have a problem.”

I was pretty miserable this weekend, but I'm ok now. My eye was so red and itchy it looked like someone had punched me in the eye. Mom's been miserable too. :( I think the rain we've been having off and on has helped clear the pollen some..birch pollen is not fun! lol

Today I've been so happy and talkative and giggly that my throat actually kind of hurts! It's great not feeling super anxious and meh all the time! Yay Prozac :P

Name something you wish you had )

Today's trivia: When a new queen bee emerges in a hive, she "pipes" (repeatedly sings a G# or A note) to incite her worker bees to fight for her if another queen in the hive needs killing
glacier_kitty: (night sky 2)
2016-03-03 03:42 pm
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Dry winter

FAIRBANKS — The 2015-16 winter in Fairbanks was the driest ever recorded, and it wasn’t even close.

Technically, astronomical winter still reigns for another 18 days, but meteorologists measure winter’s length differently. Meteorological winter in the northern hemisphere runs from the beginning of December through the last day of February.

Even with the extra day of Feb. 29, the winter in Fairbanks was by far the driest since precipitation recording began 105 years ago. During the three-month period, the Fairbanks area received only 2.5 inches of snow, coming in well under the previous record holder. Prior to this year, the 1918-19 winter held the record for driest in Fairbanks with 4.9 inches of snow, nearly double this winter’s snowfall.

Nearly all of the snow accumulation in Fairbanks this year came prior to meteorological winter. Between September and November Fairbanks received near-record snowfall, and yet total snowfall accumulation by March 1 is slightly below normal.

Of the 52.6 inches of snowfall recorded in Fairbanks before March 1, 50.1 inches of it is more than three months old.

Not only has the 2015-16 winter been “remarkably” dry, according to the National Weather Service office in Fairbanks, it’s also been exceptionally warm. For just the second time since temperature recording began 109 years ago, Fairbanks did not experience a single day at or colder than 30-below zero.

On average, Fairbanks experiences 25 days at or colder than 30-below during each cold season. This year there were none. That doesn’t necessarily mean there won’t be any. March, on average, has two days where temperatures fall to 30-below. However, meteorologists with the National Weather Service are forecasting above normal temperatures in March. They’re also forecasting below normal precipitation.

Fairbanks wasn’t the only part of Alaska to experience a wild winter. Barrow, King Salmon and Sitka experienced the warmest winters on record. Juneau and Anchorage, which was notably forced to take snow by train from Fairbanks for the Iditarod, experienced its second warmest winter on record.

Wow. A bunch of the snow has melted from the warm temps and some of the sidewalks are bare! It's just fine with me if it doesn't reach -30. :P It's kind of amusing we had to send snow to Anchorage haha

Sig Hansen, one of my favorite Deadliest Catch captains, had a heart attack while filming for the show. He passed out and when he woke back up, he wanted to keep fishing LOL. He was airlifted to Anchorage. I'm glad he's doing ok, I was so worried when I saw the headline on Facebook!

6. Something in school you really liked doing that everyone else bitched over )

Today's trivia: The American secret service tried to spike Hitler's carrots with female hormones to change him into a woman
glacier_kitty: (alaska - we grow ice)
2015-11-10 06:46 pm
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Aw man..

FAIRBANKS—More snow and then falling temperatures are forecast this week as seasonal weather finally arrives in Alaska's Interior.

Fairbanks temperatures have been a few degrees warmer than normal for almost all of the last month. But starting Thursday and continuing through the weekend, the National Weather Service predicts lows below 0 degrees and highs in the low single digits.

"We have a very strong storm over the Seward Peninsula, and that storm is going to be moving east over the Interior Tuesday night and Wednesday and then cold air pulling behind that storm will be pooling over the Interior from Wednesday through the weekend," weather service meteorologist Jim Brader said.

With 2.2 inches of new snow that fell on Monday, as of midafternoon, the snowpack at Fairbanks International Airport is now at 8 inches, Brader said. Snow showers in the next few days could add another 1 or 2 inches.

A total of 31 inches of snow has fallen in Fairbanks this winter, but almost all of it came in big September storms. On an average year, 16 inches have fallen in Fairbanks by Nov. 9.

Darn..I was enjoying the warmer than normal temps. :P At least I'll be in Payson soon lol

An album you hate the cover art of )

Today's trivia: There are approximately ten million bricks in the Empire State Building
glacier_kitty: (night sky 4)
2015-08-16 06:12 pm
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Yay!

FAIRBANKS — We’re a long way from Golden Days 2016, but already two Fairbanks groups have Chena River events planned for Sunday, July 24, 2016, designed to fill the void left by the cancellation of the KUAC Red Green Regatta.

For 19 years, public radio and TV station KUAC held a homemade raft competition inspired by the title character of the “Red Green Show” on PBS. KUAC announced this year that it is discontinuing the event because it was too much of a time commitment for the organization’s staff, which has shrunken because of budget cuts in recent years.

As the Red Green ship sails, two groups are eyeing the Sunday of the Golden Days celebration for their own aquatic events. One is tentatively titled the River Regatta, an event inspired by the KUAC regatta, but without the PBS character association. The other is the quasi-annual Dawg Gone Canoe Race, a fundraiser for the Yukon Quest that’s older than the Red Green Regatta. Neither event is really a race, they’re both flotillas that prize creativity over speed.

The new Friends of the River Regatta group announced the new raft regatta in a news release Wednesday. For now the group consists of private radio station owner Last Frontier Mediactive, Mammoth Marketing (the new name of advertising firm Neumuth Advertising) and GCI. The event will be a fundraiser for a to-be-determined Fairbanks nonprofit, according to the news release.

Much remains to be determined about the event including its official name. It’s simply the River Regatta for now, and may keep that name, said Mediactive Operations Manager Glenn Anderson.

Anderson said he started working on a replacement for the Red Green Regatta the day he learned KUAC was stopping the annual event. It’s too important a Fairbanks tradition to lose, he said.

“I started calling around and just went ‘no, no, no no, this can’t happen,’” he said. “So it’s not gonna.”

Like the Red Green Regatta, the new River Regatta will encourage “Alaskan ingenuity” but may not focus so much on duct tape, the construction supply highly prized by the Red Green character, Anderson said. Organizers may move the course to avoid Veterans Memorial Bridge on Barnette Street, which can impede tall rafts when there is high water in the Chena.

Yay, I knew someone else would adopt it lol. It is definitely too much fun and a great community experience for it to go away

10 Day- A Screenshot of your favourite online game )
glacier_kitty: (glacier - ruth)
2015-07-12 10:46 am
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Interesting..

The earth is 15 years from a "mini ice-age" that will cause bitterly cold winters during which rivers such as the Thames freeze over, scientists have predicted.

Solar researchers at the University of Northumbria have created a new model of the sun's activity which they claim produces "unprecedentedly accurate predictions".

They said fluid movements within the sun, which are thought to create 11-year cycles in the weather, will converge in such a way that temperatures will fall dramatically in the 2030s.

Solar activity will fall by 60 per cent as two waves of fluid "effectively cancel each other out", according to Prof Valentina Zharkova.

In a presentation to the National Astronomy Meeting in Llandudno, she said the result would be similar to freezing conditions of the late 17th century.

“[In the cycle between 2030 and around 2040] the two waves exactly mirror each other – peaking at the same time but in opposite hemispheres of the sun," she said.

"Their interaction will be disruptive, or they will nearly cancel each other.

"We predict that this will lead to the properties of a ‘Maunder minimum'".

Maunder minimum, indicating low sunspot activity, was the name given to the period between 1645 and 1715, when Europe and North America experienced very cold winters.

In England during this "Little Ice Age", River Thames frost fairs were held. In the winter of 1683-84 the Thames froze over for seven weeks, during which it was "passable by foot", according to historical records.

Wow..I wonder if that'll actually happen. It'll be good for the glaciers at least :P

19:A song that makes you think about life? )
glacier_kitty: (volcano)
2015-07-07 04:36 pm

Blech

FAIRBANKS - Monday's scorching temperatures caused several wildfires in Interior Alaska to blow up. A reported 649 fires have burned more than 3 million acres in Alaska so far this season, putting the state on pace to break the 2004 record wildfire season record.

While the official high temperature in Fairbanks was 89 degrees on Monday, just shy of the record of 90 degrees, thermometers throughout the area showed temperatures several degrees warmer.

Heavy smoke was degrading the air quality in and around Fairbanks Tuesday, with visibility reduced to less than a mile in many areas. At noon, the state Department of Environmental Conservation Air Quality site showed concentrations of PM2.5 particulates at 315, a level deemed hazardous.

Paulette told me today the smoke was as bad as it was in 2004..I knew yesterday's 90 degree weather would be bad for the fires..the smoke now is some of the worst I've seen. I'm glad it cooled off and is in the 60s today..90 is way too hot for here!!

Colleen is the new kitty I'm sponsoring..she has epilepsy and kidney disease..aww. She's so cute though :)

16:One of your favorite classical songs? )

Today's trivia: England is the windiest country in Europe
glacier_kitty: (jon snow)
2015-06-20 03:17 pm

Alaska is on fire

Thirty-eight new fires were reported around the state on Friday, most of which were sparked by lightning. Even with the arrival of hundreds of firefighters from the Lower 48, firefighting resources are spread thin.

Two fires -- one a fire that spread from a dump in Newtok, the other a lightning-sparked blaze near Nulato -- that normally would be actively fought have been placed in monitor status because of a lack of resources, according to the Alaska Interagency Coordination Center's daily briefing.

Eleven fires are currently staffed, with the top priority remaining the Card Street Fire on the Kenai Peninsula.

Fire crews responded to a blaze in Nenana at 315 Mile Parks Highway that claimed three buildings and two outbuildings, but did not spread far into the surrounding woods. Three Nenana engines and two Clear Helibase Tankers were on scene to help extinguish the fire. The fire was turned over to the Nenana Fire Department.

Hot, dry weather is expected to continue, with no rain in the forecast.

Yikes..they're saying the warmer weather is supposed to last until fall. D: I was looking at webcams throughout the Interior and saw this crazy smoke at Northway..today I read there was a fire in Northway too. A bunch of people on the Kenai Peninsula have lost their homes..sad. I hope no more crazy fires start..cooler weather would be nice too..

5:A song that needs to be played LOUD? )
glacier_kitty: (birch trees)
2015-05-28 03:34 pm
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Ducklings walk into a hardware store...

FAIRBANKS — The sequel is rarely as funny as the original, but that didn’t stop a team of ducklings from committing a copycat crime Wednesday when they wandered into a Fairbanks hardware store.

The raft, as a group of ducks is often called, breezed in through the front door of the Alaska Industrial Hardware store on Airport Way on Wednesday afternoon.

The move mimics the meanderings of a young male beaver that found his way into a Lowe’s hardware store on the Johansen Expressway two weeks ago.

The five ducklings, each about the size of a tennis ball — or cordless drill battery pack — likely didn’t realize the derivative humor of their situation, but, as they say, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

To get to the store, the ducklings had to cross the four lanes of traffic that make up Airport Way, according to store employee Tammy Medeiros.

After entering the hardware store, the team of ducklings made its way toward the pressure washers.

Employees called Fairbanks North Star Borough animal control to report their duckling infestation, and were referred to the Fairbanks office of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The federal service would hold jurisdiction over migratory waterfowl inside a hardware store — or seemingly any other type of store — according to Alaska Department of Fish and Game Spokeswoman Cathie Harms.

The tale turned tragic for one young duckling that took a wayward venture under a vending machine before Fish and Wildlife could arrive on scene, but technicians were able to safely remove the rest of the loitering litter from the hardware store without incident.

No one from the Fish and Wildlife Service could be reached for comment on deadline Wednesday, but Harms said the ducklings likely would be placed with one of two options. If the mother could be located, the ducklings most likely would be reunited with her. If she could not be found, the ducklings likely would be placed in the care of a licensed wild animal caretaker, who would raise them to adulthood and release them back into the wild.

Haha wow, the animals seem attracted to hardware stores lately. :P Next there's gonna be a moose in Home Depot lol. I hope they can be reunited with their mom!

Also, wow: It’s been a warm, dry spring for much of interior Alaska. On the afternoon of May 23, a new statewide record was set for the earliest day in the year with a temperature in the 90s. A daytime high of 91°F was noted by a cooperative observer in Eagle. Crazy! I'm glad it cooled off and we're getting some rain..

Day 17: A music genre that you hate )

Today's trivia: Cats hate the smell and taste of citrus fruit