Sunday, April 12, 2015

Springtime in Alaska 2015

Springtime comes slowly to these arctic lands and the weather is completely unpredictable.  DannyLee faithfully checks the internet each day for their predictions as he tries to plan out our woodcutting efforts for the week.  No matter how carefully he checks, we still manage to be surprised - sometimes pleasantly as it was here on April 1st - NO FOOLING!  

April 1, 2015

Though we still have plenty of snow on the ground to contend with, at this time, we were starting to see some patches of ground coming through.  This is a balmy 50 degrees of warm sunshine that DannyLee is enjoying here.  It's too warm for a jacket!

As we enjoyed several days like this one, we decided that it was time to take a drive up north to Fairbanks.  While we have plenty of snow left on the ground, the farther north we went, the snow seemed to be melting away very quickly.  This is what we saw along the way:

April 9, 2015

We enjoyed a lovely drive north and temperatures in the mid to high 40's all day.  It seemed like spring was finally getting to be in control and winter was losing it's formidable grip.  The woodstove has been getting a break during the day and the wood pile has been growing slowly beyond our needs.

As we made our plans for our Shabbat and the High Shabbat of the final day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, DannyLee noted that the weather on the internet was warning of 1 to 2 inches of possible snow.  We added some extra time to our preparations to ensure that we cut enough wood for the time of rest.  

While we were out in the woods, an odd hail-like snow started to pelt us gently.  Up till then, our preparation day had been a pleasant 40 degrees with plenty of puddles to avoid.  We could see that we were in for a change.  

On Friday evening, it began to snow and snow and snow..................

April 10, 2015
This was the last picture I took before I went to bed at 2:00 a.m.  This is the heaviest snowfall we've seen all year and it just fell from the sky straight to the ground.  There wasn't any wind, no drifting, no sound, just snow falling, falling, falling.........

This is Saturday morning with 1 to 2 inches of snow if you can ever believe the "weather man"!  I can't say for sure just how much snow we actually got because it was melting while it was snowing.  DannyLee measured it at 9 to 10 inches and it snowed almost all day on Saturday. 

Ari was so upset with the mess that she spent most of her day moping on the couch.  It was not a good day in her opinion at all.  She's been very happy to chase squirrels and be outside and her brief excursion in the morning turned her into a snowball.  We were happy to stay inside and enjoy watching the snow falling off the trees as it melted.  We know it won't be too long before this is all gone again and spring will renew it's efforts to be reborn.  

Saturday, April 11, 2015

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