Sunday, January 15, 2012

Snowy and Cold in Alaska

I have friends in other areas of the country who are wishing for snow. Now many of you may know that Alaska is making national news with all the snow in Cordova, over 18 feet of snow so far this season. Valdez has even more at about 27 feet or something close to that. They have the National Guard down in Cordova digging people out and clearing roofs to prevent cave ins.

Anchorage got about 14 inches Thursday and it is was still snowing at the time. Tom dug me a path to my car and cleaned it off before he left for work at 6:30 AM and when I went out at about 2:00 PM the snow was almost up to my knees. My car was buried and it took a while to clear it off.  Visibility was not too good and I almost turned around and went home, but I wanted my massage at the chiropractor.  I drove slow and careful.
When Tom came home he spent two hours shoveling out the driveway and the sidewalk so we could walk without having to wade through snow.
Somewhere in my back yard there is a fence. You can just see the edge of it on the left had side. See that tiny line of brown in the snow through the raspberry bush branches.
 We are near record breaking here in Anchorage for the season with the snow, and possibly with the cold temperatures.  Today the high at my house was -5.6 and it was -16 when I got up around 9:00 this morning.  Talk about cold, that is darn cold. It has been colder here, but the cold seems to be coming more often and staying longer this year and I am done with it. I told Tom today it was time to move to some place warm like Arizona.
I am grateful for one thing, the days are getting lighter earlier, so the darkness is fading away which makes the days much nicer. At least the sunshine gives the appearance of warmth.

Here is a picture of one of our "friendly" moose who visited the neighborhood in November.
Moose visit my street often during the winter months, and this day I happened to have the camera handy. The main rule to remember is do not try to pet them, and stay out of their way.  I stood on my porch and took this picture with my husbands camera using one of his long range lenses.


  1. Too much snow for me!!! I think maybe you should head south. (LOL).
    Moose, no squirrel? I think I might be really scared of that big guy.

    1. I never chase a moose, just use a telephoto lense. :) I can deal with the snow, it is the cold that is killing me.



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