|November 14, 2006 -
Alaskans Are Liars...
And we're whiners, too.
Since the end of October, we have had an almost
unprecedented streak of sunny and clear weather. One of the things
that comes with clear weather is falling temperatures. We're getting
about 17 to 18 hours of darkness at this time of year, and between
the clear skies and several inches of snow that has been here since
our last snowstorm back before Halloween, each night's low
temperature is a bit cooler than the night before. Cloudy skies and
snow generally mean warmer weather with temperatures in the 20's or
even 30s. But for now, we're suffering with the severe clear.
Yesterday we added a new weather feature to the mix: wind.
The complaints were almost universal. Nobody
could walk into a building without commenting on the biting cold,
with temperatures in the single digits and 40 mile per hour winds.
It was actually very unpleasant, but this is Alaska, and all in all,
cold is the norm in the winter. This isn't the usual Alaskan
weather, but we certainly get a few days of this every winter.
So yesterday morning I was in one of the local
convenience stores, and the manager was commenting to me about the
weather, and I said to him that I could go for a little snow right
about now... and he immediately shot back that he was glad that it
wasn't snowing, because he didn't have to have the parking lot
plowed. I thought to myself, "Which is it? Is it too cold, or too
snowy? You can't have them both!"
Not everyone is complaining about the clear
weather. My friend at
Talkeetna Air Taxi was loving the clear weather, but lamenting
the lack of flying customers. Clear weather is something of a rarity
in November, and any opportunity to fly is a good one this time of
Here is where the lying part comes in. If we were
enjoying day after day of snow and 28 degree weather, we'd be
complaining about that, too. Alaskans don't really dislike the
winter weather, they prefer to complain about it instead. So when
you hear one of us talk about the wind, or the snow, or the rain,
the proper response is, "You're a lying whiner! You like this, and
you like the alternative, too!"
That is when they'll insist that they don't.
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