One Man's Alaska

2011 Iditarod weather forecast

March 5, 2011

2011 Iditarod news: A great thing for an Alaskan newbie like me is that the torrential winds of the last few weeks have finally subsided. Living in Palmer, Alaska, I woke up this morning to things I haven't heard in several weeks, including the sound of airplane engines at the local airport, and neighborhood dogs barking.

Also good for me, the temperatures are very reasonable, with a high of 22 degrees Fahrenheit estimated today, and temperatures possibly reaching 30 degrees tomorrow. Both days also look to have plenty of sunshine, which is also very welcome. Even with this being my first winter in Alaska, after the cold weather and winds we've had, temperatures in the 20s are darn right mild.

As I type this, it's 11am on Saturday morning, and I have all three windows in the apartment open (slightly), and I just had to move my computer around to accomodate the morning sun. While we get a fair amount of sun this time of year, the sun is still low in the sky, and easily comes in the windows to shine not only on my computer, but also the dust in the apartment, a semi-welcome reminder that I need to clean up a little bit.

Spring coming, soon

Ah, warmer weather, light winds ... spring is just around the corner.

Oh, and did I mention that the people in Denali will start clearing their roads as soon as next week to get ready for spring/summer? They really surprised me when they mentioned that on Twitter a few days ago. Spring is indeed coming!

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