Friday, October 24, 2008

Sunny and Cold

In most places sunny weather means warmer temperatures. In Alaska, in the winter, that isn't true. In fact, the sunnier it is, the colder it is. An overcast sky keeps the heat in whereas a clear sky allows the heat to escape. Today while I was out taking these pictures at around 5:00 pm it was only 24 degrees, but it felt colder because there was a stiff breeze along the inlet. It's these clear cold days that produce the best Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) at night. You'll never see them on a cloudy night, only clear.

The top picture looks East, towards the end of Turnagain Arm. This is the only road out of Anchorage to the south, it goes to Girdwood, Portage Glacier and Whittier and can take you further south to Seward, Kenai, Soldotna and Homer.

The second picture faces South. I took these along the highway just past Potter's Marsh. Looking across the inlet you can see the northern portion of the Kenai Peninsula, the mountains are the northern part of the Kenai Mountain Range.

Then I turned around and took a picture of the bluff and waterfalls that are no longer water, but ice. Aren't they beautiful?!


Kellie said...

Wow Patty. Beautiful pictures. Doesn't make me home sick tho. especially the 24* part.. It was about 50* here tdy.

Aunt Krissy said...

Makes me home sick! The 24 part, that doesnt sound so bad...yet.. I did have to turn the heat on in the truck today on the way to work!

tainterturtles said...

The pictures are beautiful Patty. This is the best part of blogging...we all can share pics. I can see why it's easy to get homesick for your Alaskan stomping ground Kellie & Kris.

K. said...

Those are beautiful pictures! Alaska is on my list of 'must see' places in my lifetime. I've gotten to see the Northern Lights a couple of times in Minnesota, but I'm sure it's nothing compared to how wonderful they look there!