Saturday, March 24, 2012

Happy break up season from Alaska...

Warning: this post was written under a severe case of spring fever and contains massive amounts of sarcasm.
[spring fever: n. A feeling of restlessness, excitement, or laziness brought on by the coming of spring.]
Well, it's nearing the end of March. It's officially Spring! The home improvement stores are showing their yard work commercials and flower selections. People's tulips are starting to bloom, spring flowers are starting to show their buds. The sun is out, the days are getting longer. Temperatures are getting warmer....

Oh, wait! That would be everywhere else, but here in Alaska! Yesterday, on my way to work it was -2 degrees! That's right! You read that correctly, NEGATIVE two degrees! We have already had a winter of near record snowfalls (as I write this I think we have had 129" of snow in Anchorage this year) and record cold snaps (going weeks at a time with -20 degree temperatures). Am I the only one that is more than ready for some warm weather?

On the positive side, the temperatures are getting up to about 30ish during the day and there is enough warmth on the sun for these awesome (slightly dangerous) ice daggers to start forming on the sides of people roofs. BUT this is a sure sign the snow is starting to melt!

So, while you lower 48ers (yeah, that's what we call you) are prepping your yards for the summer, planning out your gardens and wearing those cute summer sandals already, try not to envy what we Alaskans call "break up season". I know it will be hard to do so, but please try.



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