posted on Sep, 18 2012 @ 10:00 AM
Anchorage usually gets high winds in the middle of winter.....they're called Chinook Winds
they aren't usually that high of speed, the most we'll get is around 70 mph gusts....the alaskan version of a hurricane of sorts. Usually in December
they'll come across and slam us with a warm front melting a good bit of snow in a flash thaw of sorts.
What makes this event different is the high winds and the time of year....been here for 20 years and have never seen anything like it. The Jet stream
has been pushing well into Alaska for most of the summer and the last 10 months keeping much moisture away from the continental US west coast and
Alaska should be noted as the canary in the coal mine as it pertains to climate change...if its gonna happen...it'll happen north and south
first....then trickle its way up to the equator. Much in the same way the magnetosphere moves.
The damage from these winds has been extensive.....I had to repair my fence due to the first one we had and many people were without power for 7 days
due to tree falls and wind debris . Its also been raining like crazy here which is a little odd for this time of year as well. The ground is super
saturated and this is adding to the high wind problem. Many drainages are flooding out.
Normally Alaska has robust weather anyway, and it takes a tough son of a botch to want to live here for any extended period of time. I must say
however that as of last years record 138 inch snow fall (which its normally around 70 for the winter) the weather here is indeed strange and the
fronts pushing through are by no means normal to what even the eskimos can remember...and they would know better than any of us.
The winds have been very persitant in the way that it has stranded many people in Anchorage due to the winds canceling flights and grounding
In Alaska we do things bigger....Example
And then theres This
As to whats causing it? Your guess is as good as any....but OP is correct....this is far from normal...and we should pay close attention.
on 18-9-2012 by Kastogere because: (no reason given)