Eagle River Weather

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Christmas at the Yurt

We had a great Christmas this year with Leo being aware of things like presents, Santa, and decorations. We were also lucky enough to share it with 2 of our Seattle friends and former Nature Center volunteers Steve ad Eve. Here they are with our friend Lia skiing up the Eagle River Rapids.

Eve is the speck on the left. Lia is in blue in the middle. And, Steve is the orange topped one on the right.
Here is Georgie cuddled up by the tree.

We had a similar shot of her last year with the tree in a different spot.
Steve and Eve forgot to bring their stockings, so here is Eve with our newly named "Alaskan Stocking." A mud boot. Steve got one too.

The most popular toy of the year.....A cork gun.
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Once you become really good at it you earn your cape a goggles.

(Superhero outfit brought to you by S and E Ltd.)

Friday, December 18, 2009

Holy Snowfall Batman

The biggest snow fall of our yurt stay just ended last night. We got 2 feet in 4 days. It's been cold to so it is nice fluffy skiable powder. I have been cross country skiing a bunch lately, but hopefully we'll be able to make some turns this weekend. So here are some recent snowy pictures.
We started out like this on Monday.

And, on Friday we look like this.

This photo was taken on Wednesday during a momentary break in the storm, and we got another 8 inches more afterwards. The snow started toppling off the railings before the full load could be taken.

Snowy yurt.

Snowy nature center cabins.

Snowy moose.

Snowy viewing decks after the weather finally broke.

In a non-snowy note, here is the cutest pregnant woman ever.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Christmas Trees, Fata Morgana, Fog and Movies

Like all kiddos this time of year, Leo is a little bit Christmas crazy. He has been wanting to decorate his yurt ever since he saw the decorations go up at Fred Meyer. Here he is with his masterpiece tree.

Don't worry folks that's not my camera he is holding. Whoa there cowboy!
The weather in the Anchorage area has been inverted and foggy. While these conditions are a bit of an annoyance they also create some really cool effects. One of those effects is called Fata Morgana, or mirage. During an inversion, warm air on top traps cold air beneath. When light passes through that shift in air temperature it refracts light and acts as a lens. On a recent ski trip we looked over the Knik arm and saw a mirage looking band going across the mountains. It kind of looks like the middle of the mountains have been stretched out vertically. Right where that band is located is where the temperature is shifting from cooler to warmer. Click on the photo below for a better look at this.

Another fun thing about fog it that, when the temperature is in the single digits, you get some awesome frost. Here are some Eagle River trees.

Ans some frost on our railing.

And, here's more frost on our railing.

Those crystals were approaching an inch long. It is snowing again here today which is covering and collapsing many of those crystals.
We have been feeling a bit under the weather here at the yurt. Not much outside play, but lots of movies! Here is Leo getting comfortable in his self made movie throne.