This year catching summer seemed hard. Now we are definitely into fall, and it snowed for the first time up on the North Slope a couple of weeks ago and in Denali the other day. This summer literally rained away and I almost feel cheated, is this it? We had our first frost the other day, and night temperatures are just around freezing. It will warm up a little bit next week but still.
This summer we actually didn’t have any (or almost) no fireweed. I love fireweed and its absolutely beautiful color. I did catch a few pics with fireweed while we were driving down south the other week.
Last year was a really good fireweed year here, last summer was also extremely warm. I was worried that the streams in our watershed would completely dry out, and then this year with all this rain it has been completely the opposite.
Last year was a smoky year. If you are not familiar with Alaska you might not know that the interior of Alaska is covered by Black Spruce. Black Spruce is extremely fire prone, and with the climate in the interior (cold winters and dry summers) the area burns a lot. A lot more than people think.
For instance in 2004, which was one of the largest fire seasons in Alaska, about 27000 square Km was burned, that is almost the size of Dalarna in Sweden. And that is just in one year. But this year we have had almost no fires at all. Every summer before this one has always been smoky. The smoke creates this beautiful light in the summertime, so even though its bad for your airways I almost miss it. With the warm summer last year I grew a lot of cucumbers, and other vegetables. But this year was not as good for almost anything.
Anyway, now fall has arrived and frost is on the ground in the mornings. Better just make the best of it and enjoy the warmish weather before winter and below 40 arrives..
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