The ice storm earlier this week was a big deal. In the Interior in places like Fairbanks, it was roughly a once a generation event. Big ice storms are not common in Alaska. School was out for several days in Anchorage and Fairbanks. For Anchorage and for me in Girdwood, it was more like a once a year or once every two year event. In most places, the ice accumulation was far heavier on the roads than on the trees and power lines. This was because temperatures during the event rose to near or just above freezing, but the ground was slower to warm than the tree branches and remained below freezing. Thus, we had, especially on side streets, freezing rain with temperatures above freezing. I noticed when browsing the FAA webcams that Ruby did have significant ice accumulation on the trees. Check out the Ruby webcam below with the trees leaning over. I noticed when looping the cam that some of the trees fell. Ruby is in the Interior along the Yukon River west of Fairbanks, in "Bush Alaska". The Iditarod goes through there every other year (not this year). Perhaps that's fortunate, given that there may be a lot of trees down on the trail.
|Ruby, AK. Notice how much the trees are leaning over.|
|Ballaine Rd in Fairbanks (not my photo). Notice all the cars (and a school bus) off the road.|