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Snowy Sunday

Today it is snowing. This is the second 'significant' snowfall we've had in a week. Most of the time it snows only one or two inches at a time here, but it has really built up since the snow-pack goes...

Lots and Lots of Aurora All Over the Place

It's been a good couple of nights, and last night left me breathless.Classes and work are in full force again so I don't have a lot of time to make new posts. I'll soon make a link to new photos...

Probably Missing Aurora

It's so lousy when we have 15 clear nights in a row and almost no aurora, then a solar windstream crosses Earth's path while the Sun is still up. Pictures flood out of Norway, Sweden, Iceland and Greenland, I get...

The Sun Is Returning: Blue Skies to the South

This view has been common for a while now. Since about mid-November the southern sky has mostly been orange, yellow, or red during the day. The Sun sits so low on the horizon that only the longer wavelength light reaches...

To Do In Fairbanks 2: Chena Hot Springs

In case you haven't heard, Kate and I spent the weekend at Chena Hot Springs Resort. Kate posted yesterday. We had a few problems, but only one would really be the 'fault' of the resort. Most of the photos have...

Do I go, or do I wait? . . . I’ll wait

We had a visitor at near our outhouse tonight. It was a young Bull Moose and (I assume) his mother since later there was a much larger moose near the neighbor's house. I wasn't expecting to take any pictures tonight...

Late Night

I went to pick up Jason from the airport last night/this morning. His flight was delayed and I didn't drop him off until about 2am. When I left his place and got to the end of his road I saw...

Just Eating

Yesterday our neighbor came knocking at our door to let us know that there were a couple of moose in her yard. We went over and watched them for a while. I tried to get a few pictures, but the...

Sunset on Denali

It's a special few days when the Sun sets behind Denali when viewed from Fairbanks. It's so pretty I'm sad that not everyone can see it. Kate and I drove up Ester Dome to watch it today, so I'm sharing...

Looking at the west side of the Museum of the North
To Do In Fairbanks 1: The Museum of The North

If you have never been to Alaska and find yourself suddenly in Fairbanks, one of the first stops you should make is the University of Alaska Museum of the North. Or stop in if you live here and need something...

Holy Moly!

They were so freaking cool, bright, colorful, and everywhere! For about 10 minutes, then they were completely gone. I'm very happy to have stepped outside at the right moment. I ran back in to grab the camera and Kate. See,...

Fun Stuff

First of all, thanks to everyone who wished me a happy birthday. For those who don't know, I'm thirty today. Yikes. It's alright though, I will remain twenty-three at heart forever! *Maniacal laughter*. While friends and family in the northeast...

Fairbanks Daily News-Miner – Extreme high pressure system may affect Alaska aviation

The weather this month has been crazy. Started out the New Year 40-50 degrees above average and it has remained pretty mild. Today it's really windy which is very abnormal for Faibanks. Now there is this too!Fairbanks Daily News-Miner -...

Yesterday

Yesterday (January 9th 2011) started on the previous day. Like I said in the previous post, I went outside to plug the car in at 2 am and had to rush back into the house, grab the camera and run...

Second Dose

I went outside last night at 2 am to plug in the car before going to bed and the sky was green! I just caught the end of it, but here's another (better) short time lapse. I'll be posting some...

Aurora Time Lapse

Another cloudy night gave way to a short auroral show last night. Fairbanks just hasn't been getting the luck that Scandinavia and Greenland have lately. The Sun has been pretty quiet lately, most of the time. The few times it...

Contrast and Color

I walked around campus today to try to take pictures in the most awful lighting conditions imaginable. It was the perfect test for me and for my new camera. First of all, at solar noon the sun is only 3.1...

Lucky Break

Amidst all the clouds and snowing last night, we did get a short reprieve where the clouds broke and the sky opened up for about five minutes to show what was going on the other side.A solar windstream emanating from...

Night

It's been so long since we've had a good auroral display that now I'm getting antsy. Supposedly a solar windstream from a coronal hole was going to hit us yesterday, then today, now the 7th. But, it's supposed to snow...

UAF

It was (once again) a beautiful morning. It's starting to cool off a little, but still fairly warm. I wanted a few pictures of campus so here is what I took. I really like this eerie light we are getting...

Back to The Grind . . . Sort of

Today Kate had to go back to work. So, with little else to do I shuffled my feet back to the office to start writing some lesson plans for next semester. I have about two weeks before classes start, I...

Our Home

I really like our dry cabin. It is tucked away in the woods away from town, but still only a five minute drive to the University. We have a few neighbors who are quiet and friendly. We are surrounded by...

Unseasonably Warm Temperatures, Domes and Dog Mushing

I have become very preoccupied with my new camera. It arrived a few days ago and it has been hard to put down. I wanted to share a few of my favorite pictures from the last couple days, but first...

Oh man, have I been lazy

So the last three days have been pretty much spent doing nothing. Watched some DVD's, made it to the grocery store, played Carcassonne with Kate. We had a wonderful Christmas morning and day and have finally had some good relaxation...

Happy Solstice!

The Tanana Valley and Denali just after the Solstice sunset. This was our shortest day of the year at 3 hours 41 minutes 22 seconds. Today will be 9 seconds longer, and in a about three weeks we'll be gaining...

Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, It’s December

Since I won't be posting much again until the semester is over, I thought it would be nice to post some photos daily on my flickr account. Just random stuff that goes on and that we see while out and...

New Day

World daylight map from die.netSo, even though it's pretty dark in Fairbanks right now (sunrise to sunset for December 7th: 4h 12m 30s), because of the shallow angle that the Sun sets we get a lot of twilight. And not...

Next Week and a Half

Just so you know, I probably won't post much in the next couple of weeks or so. Next week is finals week, and there's a lot of work and grading to wrap up. Check back soon though!Thanks,Lee

Cold Snap

Sunrise with parhelia over Fairbanks.This time last week it was in the mid-thirties and raining. This morning it was thirty below zero. That's almost a 70 degree drop in temperature in a week!Around 1:00 pm looking over the Tanana Valley...

Favorite not Totally Unscience Related Websites

Need to waste some time sitting out the most disgusting weather on the planet, otherwise known as 'just warm enough to not snow'?(1)     If you're wondering if the Large Hadron Collider has destroyed the world yet, you can always check...

Fairbanks Daily News-Miner – Icy conditions persist in Interior Alaska storm warning extended

Check out this picture in the News Miner this morning from Monday:Fairbanks Daily News-Miner - Icy conditions persist in Interior Alaska storm warning extendedI worry that Kate and I brought some New England weather with us to Alaska. Unfortunately, New...

Lazy, Snowy Saturday

It's been a long week, so now I'm just sitting around listening to music in our little cabin. I only get to see our home in the light of day on the weekends. The days are still getting shorter by...

Sundogs

Thanks Jason for the picture.Here I am with Manbharat outside the Reichardt Building posing in front of two fantastic sun dog/pillar rainbows. I've never seen any as extensive as this. The optical effects here in Fairbanks are pretty unreal. We...

10,. . . 9, . . . 8, . . . 7, . . .

. . . 6, . . .It's a countdown alright, just like New Years except we're not counting down time, but degrees fahrenheit. This is kind of exciting. It's about to be 30 degrees colder than the coldest day we've...

Cold Snap

Tuesday's forecast looks grim. I'm pretty sure it's just a reality check to let us know that it is in fact winter in the interior of Alaska. Recently our lows have been around 10 [deg] F at night while the...