Bernard: What causes them to do that?
Chris: Well, this is just my guess, but I think that high speed electrons and protons from the sun are trapped in the van Allen radiation belt. Then they're channeled through the Polar Regions by the earth's magnetic field where they collide with other particles and create a brilliant luminosity.
Bernard: What does that have to do with us?
Chris: I swear man, I don't know.
Northern Exposure, 1990
Auroras and Tsunamis
The last two night skies up here have been ablaze with dancing auroras. Ani, Tak and I wandered out to the dumpsters around 11:00 last night only to find out this morning that the show was around 9 pm. We are hoping for an encore performance tonight.
You've heard the tragic news of the earthquake in Japan? We are paying close attention to the advisories up this way regarding tsunamis. So far it seems like all will be okay. We'll be praying for everyone over there, so scary.
National Weather Service, Anchorage, Alaska 12:30 pm March 11, 2011
...THE TSUNAMI ADVISORY CONTINUES IN EFFECT FOR THE COASTAL
AREAS OF WASHINGTON - BRITISH COLUMBIA AND ALASKA FROM THE
OREGON-WASHINGTON BORDER TO ATTU ALASKA...
PERSONS IN TSUNAMI ADVISORY COASTAL AREAS SHOULD MOVE OUT OF
THE WATER... OFF THE BEACH AND OUT OF HARBORS AND MARINAS.
TSUNAMI ADVISORIES MEAN THAT A TSUNAMI CAPABLE OF PRODUCING
STRONG CURRENTS OR WAVES DANGEROUS TO PERSONS IN OR VERY NEAR
WATER IS IMMINENT OR EXPECTED. SIGNIFICANT WIDESPREAD INUNDATION
IS NOT EXPECTED FOR AREAS IN AN ADVISORY. TSUNAMIS ARE A SERIES OF
WAVES POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS SEVERAL HOURS AFTER INITIAL ARRIVAL
Tak Harnessed The new dynamic duo begins "Tak and Ani". We ski jored out for Tak's maiden voyage the other night. He ran like the champ (of Martin's pups' bloodline) that he is! He didn't pull, he's too young but he loped along with a leash all the way to the beach then he plopped his little rump down, looked up at me and smiled, "I'm done." So I gathered him up in my arms and skied back carrying his precious little cargo self. Ani seemed to like being the 'big dog', "Watch and learn short stuff. This is how it's done." I just hope he picks up on house breaking as well as he's picking up on running around. I've been cleaning up a lot of puppy messes. But he has been going every time we are outside too. I'm also trying to kennel train him. He goes in at night and cries and cries and cries...it is heartbreaking but I just can't have another dog that refuses to 'Kennel Up' with out a wrestling match.
Sunshine On Our Magic School Bus Makes Us Happy! Let There Be Light!
Days are getting much, much longer here in Alaska! Sun is jumping up over the mountains by 7:30ish am in plenty of time for morning bus route. She's not diving into the sea again until 8ish in the evening either! And we are gaining 6 minutes of bright, shiny, rays a day! Yeee haaa bring on that midnight sun!
"But it is God whose power made the earth,
whose wisdom gave shape to the world,
who crafted the cosmos."