Q. Are there seasons in Alaska? Like Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter? -Juan
A. Yes! We have seasons; just probably a little different time than other parts of the USA. For instance, when you think ‘spring’ you think of digging in the dirt, a soft feel to the air, fat, red breasted robins pulling worms, etc. Right? Well, I think I remember – way back in ‘ought seven’ when I lived ‘down in America’, I remember this happening about February or March. Well, a robin up here would have a heck of a time getting a worm out of the ground before about mid April at the earliest. Of course, you have to remember that Alaska is so vast that if we cut it in two, Texas would be the third largest state! No joking. So it does vary a bit from place to place.
Here in the Anchorage area, I would say that April and May feel like spring. June, July and August are definitely summer. By mid September the leaves are turning yellow and drifting down, so this is probably fall. If we are lucky, won’t have snow on the ground to stay til sometime into October, so sometimes October is fall too! They say that when we see ‘termination dust’ on the mountains surrounding us (new snow…signaling the termination of summer) it will be 6 weeks before it is on the ground to stay, down where we live. Seems like it sort of works out that way. Another signal is when our state flower, the fireweed, has bloomed all the way to the top….6 weeks from that point. Nov-ember, December, January and February are winter. March? Well, March usually isn’t sure which season it belongs to!