The meltdown begins in March. A thick subsurface layer of frozen soil exist directly below the hard, wet, compacted snow in the spring. The snow is still thick below the woody perennial trees keeping the sun beams from striking the frozen ice crystals that lay beneath the trees, creating a white layer that covers the ground below. The beauty of ice crystals falling in light white flakes is sporadic in Alaska’s spring time. What appears to be a soft white fluffy snow; layers over the snow that was being diminished by the sunlight during the day. At night where it is the coldest part of the day, re-freezes what snow has already been melted. This process occurs over the next couple of months. There are some days where the temperature reads 40 degrees and other days where the temperature reads negative 20 degrees. The unpredictable spring in Alaska has individual faces that read “questioning” in an up most unpredictable manner.
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