What’s the Snow Level?

The simple answer: It’s the elevation above which any precipitation is expected to be snow, and below which, rain. It is interesting that the term is not found in the NWS online glossary http://www.weather.gov/glossary/ nor in the AMS’s online glossary http://amsglossary.allenpress.com/glossary/ nor in their printed version, Glossary of Weather and Climate. It is, nonetheless, a […]

Snow Talk

There’s a lot of talk about snow this winter, which makes it just like any winter in Alaska, or say Washington or Massachusetts. If your ski trail looks like the one on the left then the talk’s going to sound pretty down. If it looks like the one on the right, then you’re probably pretty […]

Astronomy Weather

While I find clouds fascinating, there is nothing like the clear blue sky, and when the sky is clear in Alaska, and especially Southeast Alaska, it is very clear and very blue thanks to the clean air. This photo was taken on the 17th from Haines looking across Lynn Canal at Santa Claus Mt. (can […]

What Do(es) the Coming Winter(s) Have in Store for Alaska?

When tourists see my Alaska Weather Calendar a certain percentage chuckle and ask “is is accurate?” What they’re assuming is that I’m forecasting the weather for the entire next year (almost a two year forecast since I print the calendars the spring previous to the calendar year). They liken it to the Old Farmer’s Almanac. […]

The Start of the Alaska Aurora Season?

Good news for those who like to view the aurora borealis (northern lights). There has been recent solar activity that has good potential for a decent display tonight (August 4-5). In a larger sense, the overall solar activity seems to be picking up after several quiet years. Activity on the sun, e.g. sunspots and solar […]

Diurnal temperature patterns in winter

The high temperature for the day comes in the afternoon and the low in the wee hours of the morning, right? You can probably guess that with such a leading question and the fact that we are talking about Alaska (where “we don’t care how they do it in the Lower 48”) means I am […]