02 March 2015

Wild Winter Weather

Sadly, not in Anchorage, but in the village of Kaktovik:

Kaktovik digs out after frigid buries Arctic community

The North Slope village of Kaktovik, on the shores of the Beaufort Sea, is recovering from a Saturday night blizzard that packed frozen, hurricane-force winds and sent dumpsters tumbling like dice, residents said.

Snow drifts pile high against houses in the North Slope community of Kaktovik, Alaska on March 1, 2015 after a strong winter storm. Flora Rexford
“It was the worst I’ve ever seen,” said Flora Rexford, who has lived in Kaktovik all her life. “Dumpsters were flying around.”

National Weather Service meteorologists say they don’t know exactly how strong Saturday’s winds were -- because weather equipment broke during the storm.
Read the whole story here.

On a personal note, I saw weather like that in the Aleutians. You know those square-based, round-topped dumpsters? You may not remember; apparently they're so old fashioned that I can't even find a picture of one. Imagine a square base about five feet on a side, with a smaller half-cylinder on top, with openings on either end of the cylinders.

Those got turned over in a couple of windstorms that pushed cars around in the parking lot, and sent a few VW Beetles airborne.


PioneerPreppy said...

Airborne VW's huh? LOL I think I would rather deal with the occasional funnel cloud. At least it is usually warm when we get those :)

Rev. Paul said...

There are strong winds during the summer months, Preppy. But nobody fusses too much about sideways rain. :)