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15 June 2012; Ketchikan, Alaska.

15 June 2012; Ketchikan, Alaska.

I have been sitting behind my computer for the last 24 hrs looking totally puzzled at the weather forecast for Ketchikan. It kept changing about every 3 hours. At one moment I had 3 forecasts that were totally different so in the end I gave up. There is a low pressure system building over the…   read more of “15 June 2012;…”

14 June 2012; Juneau, Alaska.

14 June 2012; Juneau, Alaska.

 Juneau had today its own micro climate courtesy of being wedged in between the mountains flanking Gastineau channel. In Auke Bay to the North West and in Taku Lodge to the South East the sun was shining and we had rain. Even the chief officer, always a fan of rain to wash the salt off…   read more of “14 June 2012;…”

13 June 2012; Haines, Alaska.

13 June 2012; Haines, Alaska.

Haines is an early morning arrival because the first tours are leaving at 06.30. Thus we approach around 05.30 a protrusion sticking out from the western shore into the middle of Lynn Canal, called Battery Point. The name comes from the fact that in the 2nd world war, guns were placed there to protect the…   read more of “13 June 2012;…”

12 June 2012; Glacier Bay, Alaska.

12 June 2012; Glacier Bay, Alaska.

 As mentioned before, Glacier Bay has its own micro climate and that showed today. Over the mountains in the south the rain clouds were still lingering, but the further up we came into the bay, the brightness increased and by the time we were at the glaciers the sun was brightly shining. For the first…   read more of “12 June 2012;…”

10 June 2012; Seward, Alaska.

10 June 2012; Seward, Alaska.

 As we are coming closer to the longest day of the year, it really does not get dark anymore. We do not reach the 66oNorth, e.g. the land of the midnight sun, but we are nearly touching the 60oN. The period of darkness is very small and because twilight lasts so long and there is…   read more of “10 June 2012;…”