Alaska's Winter Horizon

Alaska's Winter Horizon

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Sunday, Feb. 9th

We haven't had much snow lately.
As you can tell by these pictures,
the snow covering our nearby Chugach Mountains is a lot less than it normally is this time of year.
 There is even talk of moving the start of the Iditarod dog sled race to Fairbanks this year. Poor trail conditions and lack of snow may force the move. They are going to decide soon because the race is set to begin in three weeks. Hopefully, we will get some snow this week but I think the forecast only showed a small chance.
In this pic, you can see the moon just waiting for its turn up there in the blue sky.
It has been windy and cold. We did go out to dinner with our friends, Emily and Mindy, last night. Other than that, we have pretty much stayed indoors for the weekend.
We did manage to see a very brief but awesome display of the aurora borealis, also known as the Northern Lights, on Friday night. We have seen it fill the sky much more than it did on Friday night.  However, we had never seen the lights dance across the night sky as they much as they did this night. In some cases, when the lights were stationary they seemed to pulse and grow as if keeping time to a musical beat. It is still amazing and breathtaking every time we are lucky enough to experience this display of nature's light show.

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