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Termination dust spotted - Anchorage, Alaska, August 5, 2011

August 6, 2011

Dateline Downtown, Alaska, August 5, 2011: Wow, I know it's been cold, wet, and windy here lately, but today some friends on Twitter report the first sighting of "termination dust" on the mountains in Anchorage(!).

If you haven't heard of it before, termination dust is the first snowfall of the year, indicating the pending termination of the summer season. All I have to say is that August 5th sure seems early to me.

In other weather related news, yes, it has been cool here lately, with morning temperatures in the upper forties, and lots of wind. The wind hasn't been as bad as it was this winter, but I'll guess it's easily been 20-50mph, though it's calmed down in the last two days.

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