Termination dust arrives in Anchorage
The first day of fall is here in Anchorage -- and so is the termination dust.
Several popular peaks seen from the Anchorage Bowl are now adorned with white caps. You may have noticed it on the higher, farther back peaks about a month ago, but National Weather Service staff say this is the first time you can really see it from town on peaks above 4,000 feet and higher.
The definition of termination dust can vary depending on who you ask, but generally speaking it is local lingo for high-altitude snowfall that settles on the slopes, indicating the end of summer -- as well as seasonal summer jobs.
This year it seems the dust is right on schedule. Astronomical Fall officially began at 5:54 p.m. Alaska Daylight Time on Saturday.
Until Friday night, Anchorage hadn’t seen any measurable rainfall in 25 days. That broke the previous streak for this time of year, which was 22 days without measurable rainfall in 1984.
Recent rains in the region brought anywhere dropped anywhere from a fifth of an inch to as much as 1.4 inches at Independence Mine at Hatcher Pass.
Small hail was also reported in some higher-elevation areas, including the South Anchorage Hillside.
Showers continues to move through the region on Saturday night, and could bring the Chugach and Talkeetna Mountains another dusting of snow.
Skies will clear on Sunday, but expect a windy morning in the Anchorage Bowl.
High temperatures will top out in the upper 50s this weekend, then it's down to the low to mid-50s for most of next week. Next week is also looking mostly cloudy, with chances for rain off and on.
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