Friday, February 25, 2011

"Dense Fog Alert"

Only at UAF was I ever afforded a perverse acclimatization experience and treated to the sight of students running around campus dressed in similar fashion at sub-zero temperatures. All things being relative, it's all a matter of perspective, as skyrocketing from minus forty to a mere ten-below is a veritable heat-wave in comparison, plus the phenomenon of inversion.
One of my latest Facebook status updates was "Went from ice fog to just FOG!" - driving around the thick haze of coastal Maine is eerily similar to cruising around Fairbanks in the dead of winter. Excepting of course the fact that vehicles don't just up and die - and neither will you - if one gets broken down and stranded. Unless there happens to be some  overconfident idiot Alaskan driving around...

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