it's winter, February, some parts of the Matanuska Valley experience
persistent winter winds which blow from the northeast, giving every
indication that they originate in the vicinity of the Matanuska
Glacier, about 45 miles away and are funneled through the Matanuska River Valley.
is a force of nature which sculps and shapes the landscape, from
raggedly eroding the tops of mountains to moving soil, stripping
it from some areas, depositing thick layers of top soil (called
loess) in others. Winter is the perfect time to study the power
of the wind:
for sculpted snow and drifts
for "dirty" snow where wind-blown glacial silt has filtered out of wind stream
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for "flagging" along the mountain
the gloomier side, watch for winds that strip top soils from unprotected
for spectacular snapping and flowing of the at the Post Office.