Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Real Winter

LIFE IS FROZEN for a few more days before it starts warming up Sunday. I have only seen it this cold here several times in my life,  but never any colder. I did experience sub-zero winter temps in Jackson Hole. Several winters there were enough for me.


Tregonsee said...

Reminds me of the "BRIMFROST 89" excecise in Alaska. Two fun-filled weeks where the temperature hovered in the -40 to -50 degree range, setting record temperatures almost daily. Even the igloos were better built than most Tennessee houses. ;)

Webutante said...

Wow, Treg....sorry it's taken me so long....were you there? It looks and sounds incredibly difficult and harsh:

After 8 Soldiers Die in Crash, Canada Pulls Out of Exercises
Published: January 31, 1989

FAIRBANKS, Alaska, Jan. 30— Canada pulled out of joint cold-weather military exercises with the United States today, the morning after eight of its soldiers were killed in the crash of a Canadian transport plane trying to land in icy fog at 50 degrees below zero.

The four-engine plane, a Lockheed C-130 Hercules, was carrying 8 crewmen and 10 paratroopers from Edmonton, Alberta, to participate in the Brim Frost exercises when it crashed Sunday night at the end of the runway at Fort Wainwright near here, said Maj. Sherrel Mock of the United States Army.

About 26,000 servicemen, from the Army, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, National Guard, Civil Air Patrol, reserve units and Canadian Forces were participating in the Arctic training exercise. The $15 million exercise began Jan. 20 and is to continue through Wednesday.

The Canadians sent a 450-man paratrooper force to support the United States Army's First Brigade, Sixth Infantry Division (Light), in a major land battle that was the centerpiece of the event. Loss of Equipment Cited

But after the crash, Canadian officials canceled their forces' participation and recalled their remaining aircraft and soldiers, Major Mock said.

''They canceled because of the equipment they lost,'' he said. ''The aircraft was bringing in equipment ranging from snow machines to cold weather gear.''

Military planners call Brim Frost ''the premier cold weather training exercise in the free world.'' But temperatures plunging to more than 60 below zero in the last two weeks have been too much of a test, confining troops to their barracks over the weekend.

''We don't know if the cold weather had anything to do with it,'' the major said of the crash. ''Teams are out there right now, going through the wreckage. The investigation is still in its early stages. They're wondering if it was the weather or something mechanical.''

Three of the injured men were in serious condition, one was listed in stable condition and six were being held for observation at Bartlett Army Community Hospital, he said.

The plane's last contact with the control tower was at 6:47 P.M. and there were no distress calls from the crew before the crash, Major Mock said. There was no explosion or fire, but the plane broke in two and skidded about a quarter-mile down the runway, he said. The Cold Heads South

ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Jan. 30 (AP) - Temperatures fell to as low as 64 degrees below zero again today but Alaska's record cold eased in some areas as a mass of frigid air from above the Arctic Circle headed toward the lower 48 states.

The movement of the cold air mass that has covered Alaska for about two weeks generated high winds that produced extremely low wind-chill factors in southern and south-central Alaska. Because of winds that reached 93 miles an hour, the Coast Guard today closed the continent's northernmost ice-free port, Valdez Harbor, to oil tankers and said it may remain closed for two days.