Minus 57 degrees!

Happy 2020!  Jack has been seeing very cold temperatures up on the Dalton.  It’s been as cold as 40 below around Fairbanks but closer to 60 below up north.  Here are some photos from the recent weeks.  Hope everyone enjoyed the holidays and has a terrific 2020!

Click here to go to the Anchorage Daily News and find out what happens at these cold temperatures.

 

Huge natural gas tank being built

Jack’s been doing a little bit of heavy haul this past week.  He took a 95 foot cement panel from Anchorage to Fairbanks.  The panel was just one small part of a natural gas tank that is being built in south Fairbanks, as you can see in the below photos.  It was about a foot of cement poured on a thick metal sheet that is slightly curved.  We stood on it to take photos.

Driving into Fairbanks at night

Here’s a new video of Jack driving into Fairbanks the other night, sped up so it’s not too tedious.  It’s pretty late so not much is going on.  Some trucks cleaning up the Steese Highway, that’s about it.  It’s in HD so don’t let YouTube show you a poor quality video, if you have decent internet.  And it does have some music on it so you may want to reduce the volume if you are sensitive to that.  When you add music through YouTube, you can’t determine the volume, so it’s loud.

Fairbanks is saved by the dam…again!

Recently Fairbanks and the surrounding areas have been getting a lot of rain.  So when Jack and I visited the Chena Dam the other day the floodgates had been lowered in order to prevent high water from flowing downstream toward Fairbanks.  This results in the river backing up into the reservoir area behind the dam but saves Fairbanks as it has many times since it was built almost 40 years ago.

Dermot Cole of Alaska Dispatch News wrote in 2014 when the floodgates were lowered then that Fairbanks’ “most effective flood insurance policy … takes the form of an unusual dam with four 30-ton gates that operate like giant garage doors, stemming the flow of high water when the river rises. The floodgates are one element in an extensive federal flood control project that cost a quarter-billion dollars by the time of its completion in 1979.”

Click on the first photo and scroll to the right to read the captions.

For more info:  a slideshow on the Army Corp website and this pamphlet for a little more in depth information.

 

 

Lampreys falling from the sky?!?!?

Neither Jack nor I have seen these lampreys (thank goodness) but lately they’ve been found in strange locations like parking lots and front lawns.   They spawn at this time of year in the local rivers and Alaska Fish & Game says most likely they are being dropped by seagulls who can’t manage to hold the wiggling creatures.  Terrifying, that’s all I have to say about it!

The below photos are from the Alaska Department of Fish & Game’s Facebook page (where they have detailed captions) and  you can look that up or get info from this article:  http://qz.com/425653/terrifying-vampire-fish-are-raining-down-on-alaskans/

This one explains their life cycle and how the native people harvest them through the ice:  http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=wildlifenews.view_article&articles_id=278

 

Alaska governor declares state disaster

Department of Transportation and Public Facilities photo via Alaska Dispatch News

Department of Transportation and Public Facilities photo via Alaska Dispatch News

Governor Walker declared the situation on the Dalton Highway a state disaster.

According to Alaska Dispatch News, this will enable the state to bring up private contractors to help.  700 to 800 loads are backed up in Fairbanks.  Jack is on his way up there right now.  Check out this article, it shows some aerial footage of the road.

https://www.adn.com/article/20150408/dalton-highway-ice-sheet-alaska-gov-walker-declares-disaster