So ... December in Alaska. Should be cold and snowy, right?
The jet stream is a funny animal. When it dips low in the Lower 48, bringing snow to the southern states, it rises far to the north on this - the western end of the S-curve - and brings us unseasonably warm air. And rain.
Except we had two months of cold, snowy weather prior to this change, so the ground and roads are frozen. All the rain that's been falling for the last 10 days has turned to ice.
Today, we get more freezing rain, perhaps a half-inch of it, and 40-60 mph wind, gusting to 80. At least, that's the forecast for elevated locations like our homestead here in the mountains. Will we see those winds here? Depends on the direction from whence it comes: we live on a shoulder, south of and below the peak of the mountain we're on. Said mountain is part of a chain which stretches east-to-west. If the wind's out of the north, we may not notice it.
Or we might have another batch of branches and small trees fallen all over the yard. Again.
So our plan for the day was to finally set up all the inflatables in the yard this morning, before the rain moved in. But given the freezing precip which fell overnight, and the winds, I'm thinking it might not be the best day for inflating dirigibles.
Let's face it: those inflatable Christmas-related figures aren't much different from blimps, other than the internal lighting.
But we will probably set the Snoopy-on-a-fireplace out on the deck, as long as the early afternoon weather is reasonably amenable. It could be tied to the railing, providing more stability than the middle of the yard. We shall see.