Well here we are almost to the end of the month. November started out here with bare earth and we are ending up with 15 inches on the ground. According to the NWS FAI we are in the top 10 for snowy Novembers. Coming in at 8th place with and week left the possibility of moving up to 7th place. Here on the old stump ranch we have 31 inches recorded for snowfall. Most of it was in 1 week period were 2 storms back to back came out of Siberia and hit us from the NW quadrant. Coldest temps recorded so far was -23 below. So far state wide there has been no 30 below temps which we should be pushing. Looking ahead I see an mild winter here for Alaskan standards. Chucki Sea and the Bering Sea are still Ice free, Norton Sound is still open and not much shore fast ice along the coast.
The storm track is up long the Russian coast instead of across the gulf so those big storms been pumping warm air up into the artic area, Several times this month the freezing level along those tracks been as high as 14K ASL.
Along the chain they got hit with one storm couple days ago packing hurricane force winds. That storm is now in the Bering. Marine forecast last night show area having 50 foot seas. Ah the wonderful days of wind singing the rigging and the pleasure of sleeping on the deck as it was too rough to sleep in the bunk.
All for now
Keep an log on the fire and candle in the window
Temperature dropped 7 degrees here this evening as skies clear and cold front passage passed thru. From 17 degrees it plummet to 2 above before leveling out and at present starting to show slow rise in temp. On the other front over 2/3 of Alaska is under some type of watch,warning or advisory. From Coastal flooding to winter storm warning to blowing snow advisory. Only area with out anything is the south coast and Se Alaska.
Here we are expected to get an dumping of snow 3-6 inches with 30 mph winds tomorrow. The storm is expected to start somewhere around 0300 and continue on into Monday morning before abating as it moves off into Canada.
This pass week we had snow 5 out of 7 days. The heaviest 24 hour period had 2.5 inches of snow. So far monthly total stands at 12 inches with 9 inches laying. Compaction and sublimation makes up for the differences in amount. Living in an cold desert sure can make moisture in any form disappear quickly.
Looking at the new charts to night on Alaska weather on PBS there is another gale with possibility of low pressure developing over Siberia and with present weather pattern it might head towards out area after it racks the West Coast area. With out the Bering and Chukchi Sea (which gets it name from the Eskimos living in that area) being ice over yet there is coastal flooding and erosion being done from these storms as they take the Bering Sea route. So far this year very few storms have taken the southern route across the Gulf of Alaska to slam into SE Alaska.
Well until later date
Stay warm and keep an log on the fire.
Well the week end found us with an mixture of weather. Rain, freezing rain, freezing drizzle, Snow and back to freezing drizzle in between the snow bands. In all we came up with an total of 6.5 inches of precip in the frozen form. Saturdays snow was the wettest with moisture content of .30 of an inch. temperatures was mild in the low 30’s to high 20’s. While moving snow yesterday notice that it was getting an little chilly. Just had Carhart vest and heavy shirt on. When I started it was 22 degrees. So decided it was good time for coffee break. (anytime is coffee time) and while in I check WD to see what temp was doing. Was down to 19 and dropping as the cold front moved thru. Had been dropping for about an hour and stayed there for the next 2 hours before it started to rise.
With us going on standard time there is really an shortage of evening daylight as the sun keep moving south and has an shorter and shorter arc across the horizion. Not an lot of warmth coming from it due to the low angle.
This AM wife and hit the icy roads to head into Fairbanks. Was an balmy 15 degrees. As we started to drop into the Fairbanks bowl the temps started to drop. By the time we got to Eilsen AFB temps was down to 3 deg. F. and stayed there most of the way into North Pole.
Looking ahead this week in the forecast it looks like we will be hitting the below zero mark. Was 9 deg this AM for our low under partly cloudy sky. Last night had good bright moon shining on the fresh white surroundings. Almost grab camera to snap an quick shot.
Other then the above it back to same old hum dum weather again so with that
Stayt warm and keep an log on the fire.
Seening how I was told on another forum where I use to post my weather and happening that no one really cares about Alaska weather and that they know it gets cold up here . I really have said the hell with it. So don’t expect much out of me due to imbeciles in the lower 48.
So far October been an dud. Warm weather all thru the month Last year at this time we were below zero every night. So far only one night hit 6 below. Pass week here been rain but it not from the typoon remmants that went up the Bering coast. Only the SW and W coast saw anything out of it as it pushes by Shemya. Even the heavy seas associated with the storm is staying well offshore. It is typical in September and October to have those Tropical depressions come thru either up the bering if they turn late or into the gulf if they turn early. Jet stream at present is steering that depression due north up along Siberia.
Here we got over a week ago about 2 inches of snow. Chinook came along with 70+ mph wind south of Delta junction along the Alaska range and raised temps to the mid 40’s and melted the snow. Then we been having rain every couple of days to keep cold roads slippery. This moisture is coming up from the gulf of Alaska. Latest surface chard shows an High pressure system settling on the Alaska/ Yukon Border.
Until some thing exciting happens keep an log on the fire