Earlier this week I heard someone at work use the "B" word. In Alaska, that means "breakup" -- the end of winter and the start of spring. The basis of the word comes from when melting snow raises the level of ice-covered rivers, causing the ice to break up and float downstream.
And the first week of March is too early to even think about breakup, but 40-degree days with sunshine, followed by a day of rain makes one think of breakup.
Of course, I woke up this morning to about 3 inches of wet snow in my driveway. Most of town was getting more rain. And the forecast calls for more of the same -- 35 to 40 degrees, rain, a little snow, then more rain.
One of my coworkers said upon arriving this morning, "What happened to our winter?"
I'm not sure.
I spent part of last week in Seattle for a friend's wedding (and I missed the start of the Iditarod because of it). And the weather we're getting here this week seems more appropriate for Seattle than it does for Anchorage.
Breakup or no breakup, the bad news is that Anchorage is hosting the USSA Cross Country Junior Olympic Championships starting Sunday at Kincaid Park. I have no idea how they’re going to pull that off. I think the athletes may have to dump their skis and put on some flippers.
It's wet. It's sloppy. It's a lot like breakup, but it's only March 7.