Crummy weather winter in SW AK
Frustrating winter but getting better. From October to mid January we mostly had unseasonable warm weather with a lot of rain, some snow. There was fair snow for part of the winter moose season and some folks got out and got a few. In fact travel was good enough (snowmachines) that the biologist got worried and closed the moose season early as his new study is showing really poor calf survival and low bull/cow ratios.
But the rivers had not frozen and travel was really limited.
Now we've had about 2-3 weeks of real winter with temps dropping below zero some and mostly staying below 25F. Finally the rivers are freezing but not much new snow and now the wind is blowing. Much of the tundra around here is blown off and travel looks very rough at best. I don't find 10-15 degrees and a north wind of 10 to 20 (some days gusting to 40) is not much fun. Yes I know for the far western and northern Alaskans that's a nice day but not for me. So I work in my garage repairing a wood and glass canoe that had rotten spots.
Getting real itchy to get out and prowl around tho.
But daylight grows by 5 min per day and now we still have light on the horizon until after 7 PM vs 10 am to 4 pm in late December.
Spring is coming.
liberal Justice Hugo Black said, and I quote: "There are 'absolutes' in our Bill of Rights, and they were put there on purpose by men who knew what words meant and meant their prohibitions to be 'absolutes.'" End quote. From a recent article by Wayne LaPierre NRA