Ellen and I are fans of Flying Wild Alaska and the adventures of the Tweto family on the Discovery Channel. Jim Tweto and his family-run airline Era Alaska and each week we get another episode on how they battle the arctic elements to transport supplies and passengers to some of the most inaccessible areas on the planet, winter and summer. Link to Flying Wild Alaska web page is HERE.
This season includes numerous references to the some of the worst winter flying they have ever encountered, with lots of visuals to back up the claim. The article below reminded me of a conversation between Jim Tweto and his youngest daughter Ariel about the declining population of the remote villages in a recent program. Jim Tweto concluded that the increased isolation was the issue, the weather was making travel more difficult and earning or harvesting a living was becoming more of a challenge, thus people were leaving the villages for warmer places. It appears everyone is questioning life in Alaska.
ANCHORAGE – After a record-breaking winter, we are now headed for one of the coldest months of July on record. And it has some Alaskans thinking it may be time to leave the great land.
By Alaska summer standards, it’s been a pretty cool and gloomy start to the beginning of July.
The temps may be setting records, but it’s not the first summer that’s been less than sunny – and some people say they’ve had enough.
Link to the KTVA article is HERE.
According to the US Geological Survey (USGS) survey the glaciers in Alaska are growing again. As the summers cool, and the winter ice does not melt, the glaciers will continue to grow, like they did in the 1800s. Could this be a signal that we are on the cusp of an ice age?