Over the summer months I pay no attention to weather forecasts.  It seems rather boring; either it’s rain, sun or clouds but it has little importance for me.  I’ve spent the past two days walking around in the snow,  and I’ve been preoccupied by winter thoughts all week, and the weather seems consequential.  I keep finding myself reading the National Weather Service Public Forecaset and feel like I’ve read it before.   Sometimes it takes a second, but eventually I remember that I have read the same weather report, every day last winter.  From October through April our daily weather forecast will contain a simple combination of five words; chance, snow, partly, rain, cloudy.  Occasionally they’ll omit either rain or snow, and sometimes on a freak chance the computer that randomly generates these reports will malfunction and place a sunny somewhere.   Reading the report leaves you less clear about what’s to come then before.  I guess it might snow? Or at least be cloudy?  I’ll be getting used to this for the next 6 months.

WESTERN PRINCE WILLIAM SOUND
INCLUDING...WHITTIER...SEWARD...GIRDWOOD...MOOSE PASS
400 PM AKDT WINTER 2008
TONIGHT...RAIN AND SNOW DEVELOPING BY MIDNIGHT. SNOW ACCUMULATION
UP TO 3 INCHES...MAINLY OVER HIGHER ELEVATIONS. PATCHY FOG. LOWS IN
THE UPPER 20S TO MID 30S. NORTHEAST WIND 10 MPH.
WEDNESDAY...SNOW AND RAIN. SNOW ACCUMULATION UP TO 2 INCHES...
MAINLY OVER HIGHER ELEVATIONS. HIGHS IN THE MID 20S TO LOWER
30S. NORTHEAST WIND 10 MPH.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT...SNOW LIKELY IN THE EVENING...THEN A
CHANCE OF SNOW AND RAIN AFTER MIDNIGHT. SNOW ACCUMULATION UP TO
6 INCHES...MAINLY INLAND. LOWS IN THE MID TEENS TO MID 20S. NORTH TO
WEST WIND 5 TO 15 MPH.
THURSDAY...MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF SNOW. HIGHS IN THE MID 20s
TO LOWER 30S. NORTH TO WEST WIND 5 TO 15 MPH.
THURSDAY NIGHT...MOSTLY CLOUDY IN THE EVENING WITH A SLIGHT CHANCE
OF SNOW...THEN BECOMING PARTLY CLOUDY. LOWS IN THE LOWER 20s TO
LOWER 30S...COOLEST INLAND. NORTH TO WEST WIND 5 TO 15 MPH.
FRIDAY...PARTLY CLOUDY. HIGHS 25 TO 35.
FRIDAY NIGHT THROUGH MONDAY...PARTLY CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF SNOW
SHOWERS. LOWS 15 TO 25. HIGHS 25 TO 35.
MONDAY NIGHT AND TUESDAY...MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF SNOW AND
RAIN SHOWERS. LOWS IN THE 10S. HIGHS 25 TO 35.
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