Arctic is a magic place on the earth, the most well known phenomena is the 24 hours sunlight in summer and 24 hours darkness in winter, the later is called polar night. Actually, there are more interesting but less known facts, such as, the sun rises in south and set in the south twice a year, and so does in the north once a year. When people enjoy 24 hours sunlight, they have to suffer some of the most severe weather events on the planet, one of them is the blizzard.
A blizzard is a extreme weather condition characterized by strong winds and very poor visibility, it usually occurs in early winter and spring. On Wikipedia, it is said a blizzard also featured by heavy snow falls and extremely low temperature, but that is not true. In a blizzard the temperature is not as low as it is in a clear days, and snow falls are not that heavy comparing to ordinary winter days, however due to the strong wind, it usually fees very cold contributed by wind chill not by temperature itself. Because of the strong winds, ground snow as well as falling snow is stirred in the air and flies in all directions that reduce visibility severely to few meters only. As such, the whole world seems emerged together, and that comes another word” whiteout”, which claimed many lives when people got lost even a few hundred meter away from their homes. Due to the severe weather condition during a blizzard, business and government offices usually close.
The latest blizzard in Cambridge Bay started in the Moring of last Friday (Nov.19) and will cease in the midnight of today. By my roommate Mike’s knowledge, it is the longest and the worst blizzard since he moved into arctic 10 years ago. As one of the results, power system failed a few times last night, and we run out tap water today, and can’t use wash room.
The follow photos took from the same spot from my window will tell a true arctic in a blizzard.