Q. Can you tell me the weather conditions in September? -Julie
A. I am hoping you wanted to know for some other reason than coming here, since it is now October! I’m really sorry I didn’t get to you sooner. This column has proved very popular and I’ve been inundated (is that a word?) with requests and have fallen a bit behind. (at least that is my story and I’m sticking to it!) I have developed a fine plan to keep me current…..like getting my fat butt out of my recliner and doing it! Isn’t that the way with most things we need to do in life?
Okay. September. It very much depends on ‘where’ in Alaska. We are so big that it can be nice and sunny in one part and snowing in another! And no two Septembers are alike usually. This doesn’t help does it?
I know up by Fairbanks they had several hard frosts in September and it even snowed the last Tuesday of the month. Here in the ‘banana belt’ (Anchorage area) we had a cool September, but no frost, with several days (I use the term loosely…it was more than ‘several’) of rain but that is pretty normal for here in our area.
We always laugh about we know when it is time for the State Fair because it begins raining! We can’t have the fair earlier in the summer though because it needs to be the ‘capper’ for all the smaller fairs which have gone before. Also, by waiting as late as possible we can get those gigantic vegetables. The champion pumpkin this year was something like 972 pounds. Just under a thousand pounds I know. That should make a lotta pies! We ourselves have grown 15# turnips, but that was years back when I could still walk and bend over and drag a hose around. Nowadays, I only garden in my mind! But I raise some fine ones there.
We are expecting snow any time now. It is grinning at us from the surrounding mountains. Every morning, Tom and Chelsea (grandkids) peek hopefully out the windows. When they saw the snowfall in Colorado on the TV this morning, Tom shouted, “Those lucky dogs! Why couldn’t it be US?” I smiled benevolently but in my mind was sighing, “Thank God it was not US.” You may wonder why I like it here if I dread the snow? Well, because I don’t walk well anymore and so it is harder to get around, but I still feel that the worst day in Alaska is better than the best day anywhere else! And once the snow comes, the dread is gone and I think, “Well, this isn’t so bad after all!” -Bonnie J.