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Fairbanks at 40 Below

The winter! the brightness that blinds you,

The white land locked tight as a drum,

The cold fear that follows and finds you,

The silence that bludgeons you dumb.

The snows that are older than history,

The woods where the weird shadows slant;

The stillness, the moonlight, the mystery,

I’ve bade ’em good-by — but I can’t.

(Robert Service, The Spell of the Yukon)

On the Tanana River; it may be cold and we may be tired of it, but it sure is pretty away from the ice fog. 2012-01-28 at 14-33-30

Ice fog on the Chena River at 40 below 2012-01-14 at 15-34-56

More photos of winter in Fairbanks


Happy Solstice!

Today is my favorite day, tomorrow we will begin gaining daylight!  Total length of the day today:  3h 41m 26s.  We continue having the usual bizarre Fairbanks weather, one of the coldest Novembers on record and well on our way to one of the warmest Decembers on record.  This is a strange and wonderful place!

We recently returned from a week visiting my sister in Gig Harbor WA, aka civilization.  It is always nice to visit civilization (and of course my sister!), and it is always nice to come back home and reunite with the boys, who were in “camp” for the week.  Pelly and Dawson are again banned from Muttessori, so they had a play package to help burn some energy, while Clem and ET enjoyed socializing with the other “campers” at Muttessori.  All the boys were groomed and are so soft and beautiful.


The Boys


U.S. Naval Observatory
Astronomical Applications Department


Sun and Moon Data for One Day

The following information is provided for Fairbanks, Fairbanks North Star Borough, Alaska (longitude W147.8, latitude N64.8):

        21 December 2011      Alaska Standard Time           

        Begin civil twilight       9:32 a.m.                 
        Sunrise                   10:58 a.m.                 
        Sun transit               12:49 p.m.                 
        Sunset                     2:40 p.m.                 
        End civil twilight         4:06 p.m.                 

        Moonset                   12:26 p.m. on preceding day
        Moonrise                   7:07 a.m.                 
        Moon transit               9:57 a.m.                 
        Moonset                   12:37 p.m.                 
        Moonrise                   8:49 a.m. on following day

Phase of the Moon on 21 December:   waning crescent with 11% of the Moon’s visible disk illuminated.

New Moon on 24 December 2011 at 9:07 a.m. Alaska Standard Time.


Here are some snow statistics from our local newspaper:

As of 3 p.m., Monday, 18.5 inches of snow had fallen at the airport since 11:30 a.m. Sunday.  I measured 21 inches at our house.

This is the 6th greatest 2-day snowfall since record keeping began in 1904.

It is the 2nd greatest 24-hour snowfall.

It is the 8th greatest daily snowfall.

It is the most snow from one storm in 25 years.

We usually get about 2 inches of snow at a time.

The storm pushed February’s snow total to 22 inches, more than 3 times the normal average (7.1 inches) for the month.

Before Sunday, only 33 inches of snow had fallen at the airport, which is about 24 inches below normal for that date.  The season total is now 51.5 inches, only 7.3 inches below average.

Our neighbor clearing snow at the top of his driveway

It’s Positively Balmy!

It was 37 degrees above at the house today, about 15-20 degrees warmer than down on the river.  I budgeted the 4 hours of daylight better today and was able to both run and then dig out two of the snowmachines (the Arctic Cat 500s) from under this winter’s snowfall.  Since it was so warm, they were fairly easy to start (after sitting for 9 months) and I ran mine around the neighborhood.  The forecast is for relatively warm weather this week, so we hope to take a short ride down the Tanana River and out into the flats to check it out.  Once again we are way behind (about 2 feet) on snow, it is too bad all that good snow was wasted on the east coast where it wasn’t appreciated!

The Cats are warmed up and ready to go!

Heat Wave….

Remember the 1960s song Heat Wave by Martha Reeves and the Vandellas?  Well, it’s been going through my brain all day today.  It’s about 20 degrees ABOVE on the Ridge today, this after a December that boasted the longest cold streak in Fairbanks in over 30 years, which ended Thursday when the temperature at the airport rose above zero for the first time since December 4.  The temperature during this period ranged between 20 and 41 below (at the airport, the official station)  but lower in outlying areas, and higher in the hills when there was an inversion.  According to the News-Miner, ” ‘By Fairbanks standards, it was pretty darn wimpy…there was not really any deep cold.  It was just persistently chilly.’ ”  Regardless of what you call it, I am enjoying our slight reprieve from the cold and thoroughly enjoyed my run with Pelly today. ET has a sore paw and stayed home to convalesce, and Bill ran with Clem and Dawson.  It is a great start to the new year!

The boys, or at least a couple of them, are still in the Christmas package opening/destruction mode.  In the past couple days they have destroyed two pairs of 180s (earmuffs),  devoured a bag of biscotti and were starting on the second one when we caught them,  stolen their toys off the dryer, and various other obnoxious (but cute) behaviors.