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So, on Decem…my mistake, on Novemb…oh, right, on October 9th, 2008, we here in Kwigillingok experienced our first snow of the season. Having lived in Washington state, I have witnessed some early snow falls, but I’m certain I have rarely, if ever, noted snow before late October/early November. Even then the snow was a fluke and lasted no more than a day or two before melting away into obscurity. The snow that fell, back on October 9th, yeah, it’s still here. In fact, the 4 or 5 inches that fell is frozen solid and every few days or so we get a fresh dusting.

Forgive the dark photo, it was almost 9 a.m.

Forgive the dark photo, it was almost 9 a.m.

How cold could it be? That was your question, right? Around the first snow we recorded 11 degrees Fahrenheit. Since then, the consistent temperature hovers (not to imply hot air has to do with anything) around 20 F. We have had a few days with a wind chill of 3 F. I’m sure not to mention this too often, or else the natives guffaw and remind me the wind doesn’t count. Sure, tell that to my hypothermic digits – I had to take my hands out of my pockets to unlock my door – foolish,  thin blooded me. 

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