Warm Weather Forces Iditarod Sled Dog Race Farther NorthThe snowy part of America is not the whole planet, folks. And hey, it's going to be in the 40s in Boston next week.
Much of the start of the world's most famous sled dog race is covered in barren gravel, forcing Iditarod organizers to move the start farther north where there is snow and ice.
A weather pattern that buried the eastern U.S. in snow has left Alaska fairly warm and relatively snow-free this winter....
The nearly 1,000-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race starts Saturday with a ceremonial run through Anchorage. But the official start two days later has been moved 225 miles north, over the Alaska Range, to Fairbanks to avoid the area that left many mushers bruised and bloodied last year. Iditarod officials said the conditions are worse this year....
Alaskans can thank the jet stream, which has been delivering warm air from the Pacific, said Dave Snider, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Anchorage.
It is "allowing a lot of cold air to flow out of the Arctic into the Midwest and the Eastern Seaboard, (but) we're locked into the warmer part of that pattern," he said.
Anchorage gets about 60 inches of snow in a normal year, but only about 20 inches have fallen this year....
Friday, March 06, 2015
BUT IT SNOWED SOMEWHERE RECENTLY, SO AL GORE IS FAT
Just want to point this out:
Posted by Steve M. at 5:53 PM