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Rain Event and Avalanche Bergs

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    After the driest 6 months in history that began just after the "damalanche" in later January, we have been soaked since August 1st and this past weekend we got hit by the remnants of Typhoon Fenchun that is now still sitting over the Alaska Penninsula. Fairbanks broke a record yesterday at 75F as warm tropical air flowed in from the tropics over over Prince William Sound.
    We dodged a bullet as the road in the canyon has been wiped by floods or avalanche twice in 8 years.

    Despite the nearly 8" over the past week, we are still 1/2 of normal for precip at this time of the year. Another thing is we have not had any termination dust to speak of. Typically we've had some snow showers across higher elevations a few times by now. How this relates to this upcoming winter and snowfall amounts is hard to peg. Its been tropical all over ALaska this summer with daily high records in the Aluetians near daily all summer and even today. Oddly a place called Cold Bay, has set so many high temp records daily that the NWS has lost track of them! Anchorage and Fairbanks? Wettest months for Anchorage.
    Wettest year in history for Fairbank and its only Sept. How this relates to global warming is obvious. Warmer air, more rain…duh.

    Anyway here's a short video that includes the remains of the Damalanche and the depris bergs I shot this am. Another first along with the calving debris I shot in spring.

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    Last edited by Valdez Telehead; 14 September 2014, 02:50 PM.

  • #2
    interesting slate grey water

    what do you mean by "damalanche" and by "avalanche bergs"? I can imagine a meaning but may be imagining things.


    • #3
      The debris pile is the result of last January's mother of all avalanches that blocked the river and flooded the valley, isolating Valdez for 10 days. It was news for awhile, then we went back to skiing. I have an old post on the topic…see search threads.

      Those are chunks of debris floating in the river much like a glacier iceberg. Techically they are "bergy bits" if you are into glacial stuff, such as the sediment load of silt in the river in the video. Being in one of the most glaciated spaces on the planet, our rivers run silty from break-up to freeze-up.


      • #4
        Love the landscape, it's beautiful