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Alaska Science Forum

Weekly column in cooperation with the UAF research community.

While following a snowmachine trail recently, my dog and I came to a low spot that looked like a swimming pool filled with ice water. The air temperature was about 5 degrees F.

After a few hours of skiing through deep snow, Forest Wagner and I smelled a tuna sandwich. We knew we were closing in on warm pools of water.

An old friend — a character not seen in these parts for a few years — showed up last week in Fairbanks.

Ice fog.

During these late winter days, researchers who are studying the rusty discoloration of northern Alaska streams are prepping for summer field trips.

Moments after bashing some drywall with a hammer to expose my home’s water pipes to warmer air, I logged in to see another Special Weather Statement.


Research facilities at the Geophysical Institute.