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Thursday, December 11, 2008

Response and Forecast

This is a response that I wrote to Tamaras comment on my last post. I thought I would post it here for all to read instead...

It's actually really nice outside right now (not as if I'm out there to enjoy it). It's almost 12:30, but the light outside is more like what you would associate with 8 or 9am. Its has the soft glow of morning and the sun is only a little way above the horizon struggling to make it above the clouds low on the horizon. At this time of year, the sun doesnt make it very high into the sky. It will travel west without getting much higher and set before it makes it west. It's only partly cloudy right now and not windy at all, but last week we had insane amounts of wind. Combine that with the freezing rain that made most roads, parking lots,and my driveway more like ice skating rinks, and you got winds that were strong enough to actually push you along. The wind actually pushed me into my truck one morning. After all of the wind, these last view days have been eerily quiet, which I should have anticipated was just the quiet before the storm. Yesterday, we got just a bit of real powdery snow that covered the ice just enough to make you forget it is down there. It is funny walk along and see the tracks in the snow that suddenly become all jumbled and you know that that spot is where someone slipped on the hidden ice and almost fell, but caught themselves. It will be interesting to see what kind of weather this blizzard brings. Our robotics tournament is this weekend (after being cancelled last weekend due to freezing rain) and village teams are scheduled to fly in today. From the looks of it, they should make it, but who knows when they'll get home!

Forecast for Kuskokwim Delta
Updated: 3:48 PM EST on December 11, 2008
Blizzard watch in effect from this evening through late tonight along the coast...
blizzard watch later this evening through later tonight for coastal sections... variable cloudiness over the Kuskokwim Delta this morning and a band of snow moved through earlier and currently lies along the Kilbuck Mountains. Kipnuk is the only location reporting snow at 8 am this morning. Temperatures in the teens will warm into the 20s and mostly south to southwest winds less than 10 miles an hour will increase to 15 miles an hour but around 30 miles an hour for coastal locations. A very powdery snow cover will be easily blown with increasing winds.
Partly to mostly cloudy with isolated snow showers. Areas of fog...locally reducing visibility to one mile or less. Highs in the mid teens. Southwest wind 10 to 15 mph increasing to south 15 to 30 mph late this afternoon...strongest winds along the coast.
Snow developing along the coast by late evening and spreading inland after midnight. Snow and blowing snow may reduce visibility to one quarter mile or less at times. Snow accumulation 1 to 3 inches. Lows in the lower teens. South wind increasing to 20 to 35 mph with gusts to 45 mph...strongest along the coast.
Snow ending from west to east during the morning. Areas of blowing snow in the morning. Additional snow accumulation 1 to 2 inches. Highs in the lower 20s. South to southwest wind 15 to 30 mph decreasing to west 10 to 20 mph in the afternoon.

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