Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Siberia Is Burning!
All of Siberia is on fire and we are rubbing our eyes! Spring can bring a little low level haze to the Anchorage bowl; dust blows off the nearby Matanuska and Knik glaciers, the grime from accumulated road pucky. This is different.
The satellite image above, courtesy of the NASA's Earth Observatory, shows the direction the smoke is heading -- east, to Alaska. There is also a decent story at the BBC regarding the fires. Seems like there is nothing in the US press.
This was the sunset view out our sliding glass door tonight. Lovely color, terrible visibility.
Here is a view of the skyline of Anchorage from up in my neighborhood. This was taken on a nice February day. We had had some north winds, kicking up the usual grime.
This is a shot of the skyline this evening. I can hardly see town! YIKES!
Here is photo from March of a sunset, looking across Cook Inlet to the volcanoes. I am holding our visitor, Flat Jetty. See how clear the mountains seventy or more miles away are?
This shot was taken this afternoon from the same spot. Yuck!
Although it is uber-hazy, we did enjoy a lovely family walk out to the pass. Vivi chose her outfit with care. Zoey looks like she should somewhere warmer.
We played with the electro-magnetic field under the powerlines a bit. I reached to move Zoey's hair out of her eyes. I shocked her! She thought I was shooing a bug because there was a buzzing. So, she touched me back. My skin vibrated. At first we thought it was because we were wearing earrings. Nope, Tom and Vivi buzzed, too. I restrained myself from asking a nice stranger if we could touch his neck, but I thought about it.
We took a few pictures of the family. It was a lovely evening.
It has been so very warm the last few days, that the snow is rotten. As we were walking along, Vivi vanished! She post-holed up to her shoulders just inches off the trail. Daddy did a little post-holing, too. Eventually they both got free.