March is Coming in Like a Roaring Siberian Tiger.
Just reading the marine weather forecast makes me cold, and a little alarmed, here it is:
400 PM AKST MON FEB 28 2011 ...STORM WARNING TUESDAY... ...HEAVY FREEZING SPRAY WARNING THROUGH TUESDAY... .TONIGHT...N WIND INCREASING TO 45 KT LATE. GUSTS TO 65 KT. SEAS 9 FT. HEAVY FREEZING SPRAY. .TUE...N WIND 50 KT DIMINISHING TO 45 KT IN THE AFTERNOON. GUSTS TO 70 KT. SEAS 10 FT. HEAVY FREEZING SPRAY. .TUE NIGHT...N GALE TO 45 KT. SEAS 9 FT. HEAVY FREEZING SPRAY. .WED...N GALE TO 50 KT. GUSTS TO 70 KT. SEAS 10 FT. HEAVY FREEZING SPRAY. .WED NIGHT...N STORM FORCE WIND TO 50 KT. GUSTS TO 70 KT. SEAS 10 FT. HEAVY FREEZING SPRAY. .THU...N GALE TO 45 KT. SEAS 9 FT. HEAVY FREEZING SPRAY. .FRI...N GALE TO 40 KT. SEAS 8 FT.
It's not as if it hasn't been windy and cold, either. My friend Bob is a great walker, but even he turned back on Sunday morning. He said his wife had the car blown off the road the day before on her way to take a walk out of the wind at Lutak. It was more of gentle nudge, and she and a companion were safe, but still. At the basketball game yesterday Smitty said it was even blowing hard out in Klukwan. He said the trees were rocking back and forth. The ferry stayed in Juneau too, and it was the solid little Aurora. Tomorrow there are two ferries scheduled to carry all the basketball teams, pep band, cheerleaders and fans to the regional tournament in Juneau. The Aurora and the Malispina. But I'm looking at that weather report and thinking they may not run. (And I'd prefer to have everyone safe than risk it if the storm continues.) What happens then, I wonder? Would they postpone the games? The winds are like this all through the roadless Inside Passage, so other schools and other boatloads and planeloads of teams will also either be stuck at home, or else have a heck of ride to Juneau. The new tourism director is supposed to begin work tomorrow, too. Hope she was able to get in. Guess she's learning for herself why the old tourism director marketed Haines as Alaska's best kept secret. Some days you can't even get here even when the sun is shining.