It’s Cold!

Posted by lwpetersen | January 15, 2012 | Fairbanks

minus 43
This was taken last night after I picked up Jason from the airport. The low last night was reportedly -48&#0176 F.

As Kate reported in her post, the boiling point of lp gas is -44&#0176 F. This is problematic since we cook with lp gas. When the temperature is lower than the boiling point it doesn’t readily convert to its gaseous, useful form and neither the stove-top or the oven get very warm.

On the bright side, it is getting noticeably lighter in the day. We’re gaining almost six minutes of daylight every day. We’ve been able to see the Sun briefly from the house around noon-time and the resulting light is gorgeous.

Tall and light
A couple of the white spruce trees in our front yard, donned in snow and amber light.

Snow and sunlight cover the street
More mid-day light on our trees!

If the forecast holds (ha!) we may have milder temperature by the end of next week (only 10 to 20 below). It’s strange how warm that actually feels after going through a stretch in the minus 30 to 40 range. I tested some new clothing yesterday (Mountain Hardwear Compressor Pant) when I went out to take pictures and managed to stay pretty warm. Except my toes, my toes were cold.

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I love that time of day when the light is so orange and the snow is so blue. You did a great job capturing it!

Thanks! I love this time of year too, when it is that color for like 3 hours or more every day.

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