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Hi All,

 

It's been a bad Winter in Alaska. One of the worst I can remember. Lots of snow. Some very cold snaps (we had -20 in November in Anchorage!). High wind storms (118 MPH winds at my place last month!)

 

However, my home town of Cordova is having a heck of a time. They have just had to declare an emergency and ask the Governor for help from the National Guard due to all the snowfall. Believe me, Cordovans don't ask for help from the Government unless they really, really need it. My uncle recently retired from running the State Shop that runs the loaders and snowplows that clear the roads and runways. He said that the five man crew was literally falling asleep in their vehicles from barely having any time off for so many days in a row. Just keeping the airport runway cleared and the hospital dug out was becoming impossible.

 

I thought you guys might want to check out this video shot by a local gal after the last big dump of snow, just so you can appreciate not being there!

 

 

http://www.adn.com/2012/01/08/2252518/alaska-town-tries-to-dig-out-from.html

 

I, on the other hand, am on business in Florida. My wife is not pleased with me for this fact, and called with a detailed report of her two hours spent shoveling our deck yesterday. Too bad the local florists won't deliver until the snow gets cleared!

 

Grins,

 

Dave

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I've had some shovel the room moments here in Wisconsin, but snow belt here is a bit further north...at Hurley, WI.

They dump the snow into Lake Michigan when the cities get buried....looks like a real disposal issue.

 

It looked good and moist as well...sticky stuff.

 

I was surprised to see so many flat and 4:12 rooflines.....must not be much of a normal issue or there would be more 12:12 or greater.

Maybe it is time to look into a solar powered pump and solar heating for a glycol hose system on the roof to help melt the snow.......?......so you have an ice covered house instead of a snow bank.

 

The 118 MPH wind..well that is a different matter.....I think my wrought iron pile would be scattered at that point....all that would remain of the shop would be the Nazel on its base.

 

 

 

Ric

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I'll take some of it off your hands for you :rolleyes: What a winter!

Beautiful country up there though. I've been meaning to go hiking in the wilderlands.

 

John

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All that snow keeps the crocodile problem to a minimum I bet :D Brown and 40 degrees here in Minnersoter. Looks like you all are getting all the snow. Hang in there.

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This is being one freeking wierd winter. Alaskans being overcome with snow and here in the Mid-West we are have 50 degree weather in January. My grass is still green and I have a blue berry plant that still has leaves on it, though they are red. I hope that this doesn't portend another drought this summer. The lake is still low from last year's. Corn take a lot of water and a summer long drought could wipe out a lot of crops.

 

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Wow, that has to be a pain in the butt.

And winter has just started!

 

They say we are a few thousand years overdue for another big Ice Age. It is only a matter of time.

 

 

Best of luck digging out from that. I hope mother nature will hold off a few weeks before another pounding.

 

I remember the snows in MA in 78', there were cars buried on Rt.128 for weeks. My Army units heavy equipment was sent up for the dig-out. The town where I grew up was near washed away by the waves. I hate winter!

 

Best wishes, Mark

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Very impressive. I have been to SE Alaska twice, in the summer. We only got as far north as GLacier Bay. I love everything about Alaska and the people. There is just such a "Get it done" attitude. Maybe some year I should go there in the winter. Do you really have blue skies? In SE we had mostly great weather but we saw lots of grey skies too. Hang in there . Todd

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Hi All,

 

It's been a bad Winter in Alaska. One of the worst I can remember. Lots of snow. Some very cold snaps (we had -20 in November in Anchorage!). High wind storms (118 MPH winds at my place last month!)

 

However, my home town of Cordova is having a heck of a time. They have just had to declare an emergency and ask the Governor for help from the National Guard due to all the snowfall. Believe me, Cordovans don't ask for help from the Government unless they really, really need it. My uncle recently retired from running the State Shop that runs the loaders and snowplows that clear the roads and runways. He said that the five man crew was literally falling asleep in their vehicles from barely having any time off for so many days in a row. Just keeping the airport runway cleared and the hospital dug out was becoming impossible.

 

I thought you guys might want to check out this video shot by a local gal after the last big dump of snow, just so you can appreciate not being there!

 

 

http://www.adn.com/2012/01/08/2252518/alaska-town-tries-to-dig-out-from.html

 

I, on the other hand, am on business in Florida. My wife is not pleased with me for this fact, and called with a detailed report of her two hours spent shoveling our deck yesterday. Too bad the local florists won't deliver until the snow gets cleared!

 

Grins,

 

Dave

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Global warming hard at work (YEAH RIGHT !!!) ;)

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GREAAAAT!!! We are driving back up at the end of the month! I hope things settle down before we get there. Our daughter said they had 2' of snow the other night. I guess we had pretty good weather (except the wind) while we were there.

 

Wish us luck

 

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You made the BBC News front page (online).

 

This is the warmest winter we've had in years. We got one significant snowfall early, like in mid-November. Other than that, nothing but a few light flurries. That probably means we're going to pay for it in February and March... ;)

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Global warming hard at work (YEAH RIGHT !!!) ;)

 

 

We have had a positively balmy winter over here and as Troy mentions, a friend who just came back from Minnesota reports no white Christmas happened. Whilst I couldn't give a toss about the politics attached to Climate issues and bipartisan attitudes to them, the use of adjectives to describe these is oft misguided and wrong, however that doesn't mean that climate hasn't changed compared to 50 years ago regardless of who you vote for.

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Where I live in North Pole Alaska the weather has been very cool.. -35 F for most of the last month. We finally got a break and it warmed up to 10. Tomorrow's forcast. -25. Saturdays, -35. Cordova Alaska has been burried under 18 feet of snow. The National Guard has been called out and they are shipping in snow shovels because they ran out of them in the local stores. Nome Alaska is getting a shipment of fuel oil and gas from a Russian tanker that is being escorted in by the only US Coast Guard ice breaker. Last night it was 100 miles from Nome working its way through 2 foot thick ice flows. Alaska is a land of extremes. If your not prepaired. Even in a city. There's a very good chance they will find you frozen to the ground tomorrow. A young woman froze to death reciently 75 feet from her front door.

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"My wife is not pleased with me for this fact, and called with a detailed report of her two hours spent shoveling our deck yesterday"

 

Let me guess, you then gave her a detailed report of how you spent your afternoon lying on the beach, being pummeled by balmy breezes?!?! :D

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You don't burn...or even tan. I still miss that great state,even with this bad winter.

My life is like shaving with a razor sharp machete. It's a bit awkward and I feel a sting every now and then, but in the end I'm happy with the results.

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