Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Weather We Like It Or Not; Anchorage Needs Rain
As much as we like to soak up the sun, sometimes there are downsides to dry and warm weather.
It’s hard to deny all the sunshine and warm weather over the past month...even breaking records in Fairbanks. But as much as we like to soak up the sun, there tend to be downsides to dry and warm weather.
Mother Nature has been throwing a double-edged sword at Anchorage. Hot and dry weather, yields zero rain. Lately, water is something many people have been taking for granted, especially when it comes to wild fires. The Anchorage Fire Department said most fires caused by humans could be easily prevented.
“Most of them are people who are just careless, and they think that a fire's out when they leave and we see it rekindle and it takes off… camp fires, smoking materials and things like that,” said Captain Lan Hecimovich of the Anchorage Fire Department.
With the dry spell, he said there have been larger flare-ups than normal this year.
“The potential is there, it all depends on what we see, if we get a lot of lightening that comes through, we could see a real increase in fires,” he said.
But fires aren’t the only problem; Alaska Fish and Game said all the sunshine is contributing to both shallow and warm waters, which means fish are less likely to bite.
“It can be frustrating when you see kings and fish milling around all over the place and they're not hitting a thing,” said Tom Vania, management biologist with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.
“You're throwing out every piece of hardware in the tackle box and you're not catching anything,” he said.
As Memorial Day weekend rolls around, whether fishing or camping, the lack of rain can make being outside miserable as pollen builds up.
“The longer the dry hot days the higher that [pollen] count is going to go, and usually it doesn't show up for several weeks,” said Dr. Jana Nalbandian of the Avante Medical Center.
While some say we should be praying for rain, it looks like we can’t change Mother Nature’s mind. Instead, we’ll have to take what she gives us in stride.
If you’re suffering from allergies this season, the Avante Medical Center suggested a few over the counter remedies, like taking more Vitamin C, and increasing Omega-3 rich foods, such as salmon and walnuts.
If you are heading outdoors this weekend, fire officials remind people to properly put out all campfires before leaving campsites.