Tuesday, September 25, 2007

233. Anyone in Portland OR reading this?

If anyone reading this is in Portland, the Jewish Students Union is putting up their succah in the Park blocks at Portland State University from 10 am to 3 pm. Go help them!

Monday, September 17, 2007

232. Winter is coming

The weather has been pretty nice lately - most days have been around 60 F / 16 C, perfect short-sleeves-with-no-jacket weather (although last Wednesday, September 12, was really rainy, cold, and yucky). But the signs of winter are beginning in Southern Alaska.

Last Saturday, September 15, was a nice summer day, with the autumn equinox still 6 days off. It was, however, the first day we can legally drive with studded tires.

But yesterday, September 16, there was snow on the top of the Chugach Mountains. That's the first sign. (see picture)

Last night I checked the weather prediction and there was a 'severe weather advisory' for Anchorage: "Potential Frost For Parts Of Anchorage And The Matsu Valley
 Tonight / Mostly clear skies and light winds tonight will set the stage for quickly dropping temperatures after sunset and near freezing temperatures. At greatest risk are areas in east Anchorage and low-lying areas. / It is strongly recommended to bring plants indoors tonight. Those with agricultural interests are advised to take necessary precautions."

The state high yesterday was at Noatak, 71 F / 22 C. The state low was Deering, 30 F / -1 C.

And today, September 17, there was frost on the grass when I woke up.

The weather prediction for the week is pretty much highs in the mid 50s and lows in the high 30s.

(photography credit - some guy I don't know. I wanted to take a picture of the mountains on my way to work, but could not find my camera. Later in the day I saw some guy downloading photographs. I asked him if he happened to have taken any new pictures of the mountains and he had and said I could use them.)

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

231. 9/11 and Alaska

When thinking about 9/11 almost no one thinks of any effects it may have had on Alaska. Alaska, however, is isolated from the rest of the US, and many of the communities in Alaska are isolated from any other area. We are more dependent on airplane service than the rest of the country. In the days after 9/11, no airplane flights were allowed. Even tiny private planes were grounded.

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