I headed down to the Tanana Lakes rec area at lunch today. The last few days have been very warm. We had a warm front move in from the SE the last few day pushing temperatures into the 40’s and melting what little snow we had.
And while weather is not climate, the continued warm weather we have had over the past decade is. I can’t point to this storm and say it is definitely caused by climate change, but the pattern it falls into does.
It also uncovered the ice on the ponds and lakes and in many cases covered them with a layer of water.
I walked today along the edge of a lake and at several points ventured out onto the ice of the swampy areas along its bank.
I was very cautious because of the warm weather and only ventured on areas where the ice had reached the bottom.
Despite the slight layer of water on the surface the ice in these areas was safe. The wet surface provided a crystal clear view down into the ice.
In some of the pictures I took today it was hard to tell that there was anything holding up the bubbles and leaves.
I also found some small creatures including some land snails and water snails and another rusty tussock moth cocoon case covered in eggs.