the world according to bob Svalbard, Summer 2007

A week in Seattle

February 12th, 2012 · Comments Off

After a good week in Boulder, I went to Seattle to work at the University of Washington for a week. It was a really good week, work-wise. I gave a seminar on Tuesday (was asked to give it on Monday morning – definitely an impromptu talk). I had never been to UW, very beautiful campus. I think I’ll be in town for a little while now. No plane tickets in hand at at this point! This is actually pretty good for me. By the end of the week, I was pretty fried from sleeping in strange beds and eating out all the time. I went skiing this afternoon and it was very apparent that it has been a long winter for Bob! Great weekend though. So much better now that the temperatures are above -18C (0F).

Mount Rainer.

Night time Seattle

Forced production.

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Can’t escape

February 3rd, 2012 · Comments Off

I thought my last post would be the last weather related post for a while, but I guess this will not be the case. I thought all was good after escaping Fairbanks and it’s 5th coldest January on record. However, last night, a major snow storm hit Boulder, snowing about 10 inches over night.

Boulder tussocks buried under new snow

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Last cold weather post

January 31st, 2012 · Comments Off

This video was sent to me last night. Thought it was pretty cool. I’m getting tired of talking about the weather (especially since I am not experiencing it right now), so this will be my last post about it for a while.

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Cold Departure

January 30th, 2012 · 1 Comment

I managed to escape the Fairbanks cold Saturday night. The airport temperature was -49F when we left. The icefog in town has been horrible – nearly impossible to see. The picture above (not a great picture) was taken on the way to the airport. The icefog was so thick, you can barely see the car stopped on the right side. Traffic lights were also hard to see until you drove right up on them. It is much nicer in Boulder. Tonight is dinner with family Delamere. Very much looking forward to that.

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Ill-timed escape

January 28th, 2012 · 1 Comment

Welcome to the day!

This morning I woke up to -45C (-49F). Compounding my cold is the fact my boiler has been turned off until the repairs are finished this afternoon (need to recharge the lines in my radiant floor heat system) and my propane is in a non-gaseous state. So I don’t have any hot water (without microwaving it) for coffee, dishes, or a shower and my frozen pizza lunch plans are most likely going to be put on hold! Dang!

While this cold has been going on a long time (I believe we are creeping up on all-time (in the top ten) coldest January’s), I only have to make it through today. Tonight, after watching the Capitol Steps performance (brought up by the Fairbanks Concert Association), I depart to Boulder to work for a week followed by a week in Seattle. The National Weather Service is also predicting the cold to finally break early next week. I am guessing everyone’s moods will be greatly improved by the middle of the week.

UPDATE (28 Jan):
I thought I lived in nearly the coldest part of Fairbanks. It turns out that Shannon actually lives in a colder place. Her thermometer read -55F this morning. At 11:20 p.m., it is -49F at the airport and the forecast is -45 to -60F in the valleys. Pretty brutal indeed.

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Winter time Bob

January 24th, 2012 · Comments Off

The constant cold has started to push my tolerance for being trapped indoors – definitely going a bit stir crazy. So last night, I decided I needed to get out and went to the indoor Fairbanks Ultimate Frisbee practice. It has been a while (about 1.5 years) since I have played. Showing up was good. The awesome part of this is that while warming up throwing a frisbee (no running, just standing), I managed to strain my hamstring. Oh, it has been a long long winter.

It was nice to see a few friends that I had not seen in a long while. That part was really good.

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Crazy Inversion

January 20th, 2012 · Comments Off

A very strong inversion has set up over Fairbanks. After having my boiler go out a couple times this week (due to cold heating oil), I have given some (passing) thought to selling my house and moving up into the hills.

The weather station near Smith Lake is showing a 8.5C (~13F) difference between the 1 and 8 meter sensors (~22 ft).

You can very much see the inversion in from UAF. Looks like Los Angeles did (minus the size) before their air control measures took effect.

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A bit chilly, but good news as well

January 19th, 2012 · Comments Off

The glow from my winter holiday has nearly been worn off. It has been very cold in Fairbanks for a while now. One of the problems the cold is causing is that my heating fuel is very very cold. The cold fuel has caused my boiler (the primary source of my heat & hot water) has gone out in the middle of the night twice this week. As many of you, I like to keep my house pretty toasty. A chilly home results in a little bit of grumpiness.

The good news is despite the super cold temperatures, I felt heat from the sun at lunch today. This is the first heat (although minimal) I have felt this year. A sign of good things to come!

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