Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Tuesday, August 31st

Good morning! What does feeling lousy and rainy weather have in common? I'm not sure, but I feel very sick and it's foggy and rainy outside. I'm home from work today because I'm not sure I can even get out of bed. Does this stop me from blogging about our wonderful weather? Absolutely, NOT! However, it will be short. :-)

Current conditions at 8:00 a.m.:

Skies: Foggy
Temperature: 46 degrees
DP: 45
BP: 29.72
Sunrise: 6:28 a.m.
Sunset: 9:12 p.m.

The coldest temperature I can find this morning is 34 degrees at Wainwright on the Northwest Arctic Coast.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Monday, August 30th

Good morning! It was a dreary weekend here in the Interior. Saturday was chilly and rainy. Our high was 53 and it rained almost all day. Sunday started out cloudy and damp, but by the afternoon we had beautiful sunshine. The temperature topped out at 61. Overnight lows have been in the low 40's.

This week looks to be rather mild for late August and early September. The NWS calls for partly cloudy to mostly sunny skies with temperatures in the low 60's. Lows should average in the low 40's.

Current Conditions at 6:30 a.m.:

Temperature: 42 degrees
Skies: Mostly Cloudy
DP: 40
RH: 91%
BP: 29.79
Sunrise: 6:25 a.m.
Sunset: 9:16 p.m.

The coldest temperature I can find this morning is 28 degrees at Anaktuvuk Pass up on the North Slope in the Brooks Range.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Friday, August 27th

Good morning from North Pole, Alaska! Thursday was an incredibly beautiful day here in the Interior. We had a high of 64 degrees with mostly sunny skies. However, the dry weather is about to change. The NWS is calling for increasing clouds today and rain tonight and tomorrow. Highs should be in the 60's today and around 55 on Saturday.

The Aurora Borealis was out again last evening. I want to thank my dear, sweet husband for NOT waking me up to view it!

Current Conditions at 6:30 a.m.:

Temperature: 34 degrees
Skies: Clear
DP: 31
RH: 81%
BP: 29.77
Sunrise: 6:16 a.m.
Sunset: 9:27 p.m.

The coldest temperature I can find this morning is right here in my backyard! We are tied with Bettles for 34 degrees.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Thursday, August 26th

Good morning! Wednesday was a beautiful day in the Interior. We had partly cloudy skies and a high temperature of 63 degrees. The NWS is calling for sunny skies today and a high between 65 and 70.

Current Conditions at 6:30 a.m.:

Temperature: 36 degrees
Skies: Clear
DP: 34.6
RH: 84%
BP: 29.89
Sunrise: 6:13 a.m.
Sunset: 9:30 p.m.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Tuesday, August 24th and the Aurora

Good morning! We had an incredible display of the Aurora Borealis last evening! Pictures are posted below.

I am running a bit late this morning. So, I will get right to the point. The NWS is calling for a mix of sun and clouds with highs in the mid 60's.

Current Conditions at 7:00 a.m.:

Temperature: 38 degrees
Skies: Partly Cloudy
RH: 80%
BP: 30.51 and steady

Monday, August 23, 2010

Cool Weekend Mornings and a Warmer Monday

Good morning from North Pole, Alaska! We had a beautiful weekend here in the Interior. Saturday morning started off at 34 degrees. Since I had an early morning meeting, I put on long pants and a long-sleeve shirt and headed out. By the time I got out of my meeting at Noon, the temperature was up to 64 degrees! Needless to say, I was way too hot. I really need to learn to dress in layers!

Sunday morning I arose to 31.6 degrees. Our first freeze of the Fall season! As I was getting ready to go to church, I remembered my lesson from Saturday. So, I put on something light weight and a pair of sandals and headed off to service. Yes, it was a bit chilly, but by the time we got out, the weather was a perfect 61 degrees.

This morning (Monday, August 23rd) our low was 43 degrees. It is a bit warmer with the cloud cover. However, the NWS promises we will top out in the mid 60's again. They hold true to this for the rest of the week. Personally, I'll take it!

Current Conditions at 6:30 a.m.:

Temperature: 45 degrees
Skies: Mostly Cloudy
RH: 75%
DP: 39.6
BP: 30.38 and rising
Sunrise: 6:03 a.m.
Sunset: 9:41 p.m.

The coldest temperature I could find this morning was 35 degrees in Eagle, Alaska. Eagle is located along the Alaska/Canadian border and has a populations of about 130 people.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Friday, August 20th

Good morning! Thursday was a mild day. We had a high of 58 degrees with overcast skies. Today should be close to the same. However, we should have highs in the low 60's.

Current Conditions at 6:30 a.m.:

Temperature: 44 degrees
Skies: Cloudy
DP: 42
RH: 89%
BP: 30.34 and steady
Sunrise: 5:54 a.m.
Sunset: 9:52 p.m.

The coldest temperature I could find this morning is 37 degrees in Barrow on the Arctic Coast.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Thursday, August 19th

Good morning! Yesterday was rather blah here in the Interior. We had a cloudy day with highs in the upper 50's. Today looks to be a repeat of yesterday. We are starting off the morning with temperatures in the upper 40's and cloudy skies.

The NWS forecast looks like a broken record over the next 7 days. They are calling for highs between 60 and 65 and lows around 45. Personally, I don't think that it is all that bad considering we should be starting the transition to winter in the next few weeks.

I had a long conversation (via email) with John Lingass from the NWS here in Fairbanks this week. He was informing me of the long range outlook for Winter here in the Interior. He was very technical in his wording. However, here is what I got out of it.

There is a moderate to strong La Nina forming around the equatorial Pacific. If it holds or gets stronger, the Interior is in for a winter that is colder. He did not predict precipitation. So, with that said, let's see what Old Man Winter can throw at us!

Current Conditions at 6:30 a.m.:

Temperature: 47 degrees
Skies: Cloudy
DP: 43.7
RH: 87%
BP: 30.36 and steady
Sunrise: 5:51 a.m.
Sunset: 9:56 p.m.

The coldest temperature I could find this morning is 38 degrees in Barrow up on the Arctic Coast.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Wednesday, August 18th

Good morning from the foggy, drizzly Interior of Alaska! It is a cool, wet start to this Wednesday. Temperatures are hovering in the upper 40's at 6:30 a.m.

Yesterday was a nice day with temperatures topping out at 68 degrees and a mix of clouds and sun.

Today, the NWS calls for cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and a high between 55 and 60. Tonight's low should be in the upper 30's to low 40's.

Current Conditions at 6:30 a.m.

Temperature: 48 degrees
Skies: Cloudy with drizzle
DP: 45.6
RH: 88%
BP: 30.14 and steady
Sunrise: 5:48 a.m.
Sunset: 9:59 p.m.

The coldest temperature that I could find this morning is 39 at Wainwright up on the Western Arctic Coastline. Barrow was two degrees warmer at 41.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Tuesday, August 17th

Good morning! It is a beautiful morning here in North Pole. We are in the lower 50's after a high of 81 yesterday. The NWS is calling for a 40% chance of rain this afternoon, tonight and tomorrow. It will not be as warm. They are calling for highs in the 60's throughout the week.

Current conditions at 6:30 a.m.:

Temperature: 51 degrees
DP: 45.5
RH: 76%
BP: 29.95 and steady
Sunrise: 5:44 a.m.
Sunset: 10:03 p.m.

We are losing 6 minutes and 55 seconds of daylight.

The lowest temperature I could find this morning is 43 in Barrow up on the Arctic Coast.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Monday, August 16th

Good morning! Wow, it was a hot one, yesterday! After a high of 93 degrees, this morning it is a very comfortable 52. Thank God for the cooler weather! We do not have air conditioners up here and it was very warm in our house.

The NWS calls for another warm day with a high of 80 degrees. It looks like we will turn to more seasonal temperatures later this week with highs in the 60's and lows in the 40's. I think everyone is looking forward to that!

Current Conditions at 6:30 a.m.:

Temperature: 52 degrees
RH: 81%
DP: 49
BP: 30.26 and steady
Sunrise: 5:44 a.m.
Sunset: 10:03 a.m.

Again, Barrow has the coldest temperature reported this morning. They are sitting at 45 degrees.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Forget Fall! We're Back to Summer!

Well, folks, forget fall. We are back to summer here in North Pole. At least for today, that is. We had a strong Chinook wind today that warmed the Interior. Here is the breakdown.

High: 93 (yes, 93 degrees!)
Low: 59 degrees

Current Temp: 80 degrees
BP: 30.04 and falling
DP: 51
RH: 33%
Wind: Calm
Sunrise: 5:41 a.m.
Sunset: 10:07 p.m.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Wednesday, August 11th

Good morning! Well, I should be back to a normal schedule. The school year is starting today and I will be up early enough to make regular posts.

The National Weather Service is calling for cloudy skies and a high of 60-65. So, here's what this morning looks like in North Pole, Alaska.

Current Conditions at 6:00 a.m.:

Temperature: 42
Skies: High Scattered Clouds
RH: 87%
BP: 30.23 and steady
Winds: Calm
Dew Point: 41.7
Sunrise: 5:25 a.m.
Sunset: 10:25 p.m.

We are losing 6 minutes and 55 seconds of daylight each day.

The coldest temperature I could find this morning was 36 degrees up along the Arctic Coast in Barrow.

Monday, August 9, 2010

The Beginnings of Fall

Believe it or not, we are starting to have the first signs of fall here in the Interior of Alaska! I took these pictures today of the trees around our house. I cannot believe that I have seen yellow leaves already!

High Bush Cranberries

Lowbush Cranberries

The fireweed blooms are completely gone!

This is a sure sign that winter is just around the corner.

This is what the fireweed should look like this time of year!

Gareden Update August 2010





Sunday, August 1, 2010

Summer Update

Well, I know it's been a long time since I last posted. However, it has been a busy summer. We have spent several long weekends camping in Denali National Park. We also spent a week in Anchorage and Seward. We have spent several days picking blueberries and raspberries. Overall, it has been a crazy, fun summer!

Summers in Alaska can be very unpredictable. May started off hot and dry. However, June was a different story. Moisture poured into our area. It rained almost every day. The temperatures averaged in the upper 50's and lower 60's. July was pretty much a replication of June. However, on this first day of August, we have a temperature of 84 degrees and abundant sunshine. The NWS believes that this trend will continue for a few days and then it will turn cooler and wetter.

I hope to be much better with posts with school starting. My schedule should settle down and give me more time. Thanks for being patient and your interest in Alaska weather.