Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36 Page 37 Page 38 Page 39 Page 40 Page 41 Page 42 Page 43 Page 4410 DELTA JUNCTION GUIDE Whats To Do In Winter At 40 Below Throw hot coffee into the air and watch it freeze Bump along on square tires The rubber in tires gets hard Whats To Do In Winter At 50 to 70 Below School buses stop running and school closes when its 50 below at the bus barns Hunker down Bake a lot eat popcorn read all those good books you have saved play cards and games Chop more wood and thaw pipes Freeze the good tourist stories so theyre ready to thaw in the summer At 60 below the schools are canceled and city offices are closed. Wind The Delta area does have a lot of wind. Not that it blows all the time mind you but windy in the DeltaFort Greely area means 20 mph or more gusting to 80 mph. Folks hereabouts hardly notice a 15 mile per hour breeze. The strongest wind ever recorded at Fort Greely was 104 mph and there have been many readings over 90 mph. The wind does cause some damage however most struc- tures are built with consideration for wind stress. During the dead of winter Chinook winds often blow from the south out of the Alaska Range and can bring plus-50-degree temperature readings in January. At other times easterly winds blow from Canada and the upper Tanana Valley and bring wind chill equivalents of minus 80 to minus 100 degrees. The wind can blow most anytime. The Alaska Meteorological Team at Fort Greely reports that winds in excess of 60 mph have been recorded during every month of the year. But not every month every year. On the other hand many spring and summer days experience calm or light breezes. Prevailing winds are from the east-south- east September through March from the west in April from the southwest in May June and July and from the south in August. Precipitation The average annual precipitation re- corded by the Alaska Meteorological Team at Fort Greely just south of Delta Junction is 11.12 inches in over 30 years of record- keeping. This varies around the general area some places get a little more some a little less. Average annual snowfall is 40.5 inches and the water content of that snow is in- cluded in the total precipitation figure given above. The snow that falls in interior Alaska is quite dryan inch of snow melts down to less than one-tenth of an inch of water. It isnt much good for building snowmen or for making snowballs. Early fall and late spring snows when the air is warmer usu- ally contain more water. This content was provided courtesy of www. alaska-highway.org hours and 13 minutes of possible sunlight. At the time of the vernal and autumnal equinox the Delta area has about the same situation as much of the rest of the country. On March 21 sunrise is at 541 a.m. and sunset is at 601 p.m. on Sept. 21 sunrise is at 523 a.m. and sunset at 548 p.m. Local residents tend to play in the sum- mer and sleep in the winter. Its not un- common during summer months to see people cutting their grass at 1030 p.m. or visiting neighbors until late in the evening. Summer is construction season of course so Alaskans are hard at it from early until late at that time of the year. Its pos- sible to work outdoors even when it is fairly cold but it just takes longer so most like to finish their outdoor work before the snows arrive in September and October. In the winter months the pace of outdoor activity slows but even then some people are up and about before the belated dawn to take advantage of the limited daylight. weather PAGES 10 11 facebook.comSebastianSaarloos