|Rainbow over a damp dog yard. The dogs love it.|
We are pretty happy to see this cool, moist trend because:
1) The Alaska wildland fire season may finally be winding down. It's been way too intense this summer. Even after our return from evacuation on July 9, we frequently felt the effects of our smoldering Stuart Creek 2 fire. Last Sunday we could still see plumes of smoke from our lookout on Aliy's balcony. When the wind blew from the east a veil of smoke and acrid fire smell enveloped us. Ray, Derrick and the other firefighters in our neighborhood, have simply been gone all summer, fighting the 592 fires that burned more than 1,300,000 acres of Alaska. We depend on their firefighting skills but we miss them at home. We need a fire season 'ending event', like cooler temps and the 3 days of rain forecast for this week.
|Temps and humidity this morning.|
2) Sunday, September first is the TENTATIVE date for the first day of training for the 2013/2014 mushing season. But without this cool, wet weather it is simply too hot for our dogs to run! The ideal scenario for early season runs is cool mornings, in the 30 to 40 degree range, and lots of puddles for the dogs to splash in during breaks. The forecast for the night of August 31 is 38 degrees and light rain. That could do it! The mushers are ready. The dogs are ready. The ATV's and gang lines and harnesses are ready. We need a mushing season 'beginning event', like cooler temps and the three days of rain forecast for this week.
|Allen and Tatfish are ready for this season's training. Are you?|
See the editorial in yesterday's Fairbanks News Miner. Fall might really be coming to Interior Alaska, albeit it a few weeks late.