Sunday, October 19, 2014

A Short Walk

I decided to outside for a short walk outside of the BARC (Barrow Arctic Research Center) right around solar noon. After all, we all need to take advantage of whatever daylight there is, right? Blowing snow, temperatures in the high teens (°F) and 25 knot winds. Needless to say, it wasn't a very long walk. This is the view towards the rest of the NARL (Naval Arctic Research Lab) campus. The new line of poles on the right were put in to replace the older infrastructure on the left. The buildings shown aren't more than a couple of tenths of a mile away and even though it almost looks like a road between the poles, you'd bog down pretty quickly in the mud.

Looking to the south towards the BEO (Barrow Environmental Observatory), it wasn't looking too much better. This snow fence has seen better days but when there is a lot of snow, it does a pretty good job of keeping it from moving.  Today, there isn't enough snow to worry about. The snow fence on the other side of the road was dismantled last July and I thought that it would have been replaced by now but the mounting posts are still empty.

Looking to the east, you can just see the radar dome. Earlier this morning, it was difficult to make out. There weren't enough contrasting edges in this picture for the autofocus on the camera to work. The weather service is forecasting similar conditions for the next couple of days. Hopefully the Alaska Airlines flights will still be running.

Maybe I should have gone for a walk on the beach...

9 comments:

  1. I'm sitting here listening to the wind blow against my house (feeling drafts, too) and looking at your snow photos.

    The good part is that it's now sunny here and the view is like a picture puzzle of brilliant warm sparkling colors.

    Go find a tasty, hot and fragrant dinner.

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    1. Originally, the post started out "Autumn, can't you just feel it in the air?" But after about ten minutes outside, I couldn't feel anything...

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  2. So...."brisk" walking conditions?

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  3. Richard you obviously live there because you love it (I think I like your beach idea better though.) Hope the weather recovers and you can catch a flight home.

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    1. The beach up here looks even colder due to the wind. Normally, there aren't any waves but today, there were white caps.

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  4. Arizona Harley Dude left a comment that got accidentally deleted.

    It would be good to experience it at least once.

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  5. Oh my snow! I seriously couldn't adapt to snow again. It was about 17c here, sunny and warm, which is amazing for this late in October.

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    1. Before I started riding, I used to always look forward to winter (and snow!). Now, with the side car, I look forward to winter again.

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