It isn't just Fairbanks-land that's suffering from a dearth of snow. Here's a lovely morning photo (courtesy of the FAA) from Arctic Village in the eastern Brooks Range. Frosty, but snowfree, at valley elevation (about 2000' MSL). There are no long term stats for this part of the world, but my sense is that it very unusual to go into mid-October without a snow cover at Arctic Village.
It would be interesting to contact some people in the Village and see if they feel its abnormal.ReplyDelete
I'll check with Ed P. and see if he has any contacts in Arctic that might opine on this question.