It was 36 when I got up at 5:30, and it's up to 42, two hours later. Seriously, this is about the time in January when we typically have one to three weeks of temps at -20° F. or colder.
This whole "sixty degrees too warm" thing is getting to me, it seems. Sorry 'bout the complaining.
|Sunset, Friday afternoon|
Here's a snippet from the Daily News about the freakish weather:
A band of wet, warm weather barreled into Southcentral Alaska on Friday and stirred up an odd blend of high winds, slushy roads and even rainbow sightings.
Peak gust speeds of more than 90 mph were reported in Bear Valley and at Glen Alps, and gusts elsewhere on the Anchorage Hillside approached 70 mph , according to the National Weather Service.
Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson recorded a gust of 67 mph, said Dave Stricklan, a meteorologist with the Anchorage forecast office.
The winds and warm temperatures, which reached 48 degrees in some parts of Anchorage Friday, prompted a series of avalanche warnings to the south. For the first time this season, Department of Transportation crews headed out to reduce avalanche risk by blasting artillery at spots along the Seward Highway.