Alaska’s summers smell like one huge bonfire


The old fashion rule was not to wear black and blue together. However, I really love this color combination. It looks so posh. The structured bag and nude slingbacks take the jeans skirt – top combo up a notch or two. This outfit is just right for a Sunday brunch on the deck on a sunny day.

#over40 casual summer office look | High Latitude Style |
Silk top with denim skirt, nude slingback, D&GM sunglasses and statement bag (all own)

2004 wildfires in Interior Alaska

The slight wind causes a wind chill which keeps it from getting too hot in the sun. Unfortunately, the wind comes from the East which means it advects the smell and particular matter from the Stuart Creek fire nearby. However, this smell seems just as a minor annoyance compared to the 2004 wildfire season where visibility was less than 200 yards (~183m) and people were wearing masks. The particular matter concentrations during that summer were so high that the instrument was not able any more to measure it. This means something, as its capacity is up to 1000 micrograms per meter cube. The 24 hour National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for particular matter of less than 2.5 micrometer in diameter that should not be exceeded is 35 micrograms per meter cube. These particles are considered unhealthy as they are so small that they can remain in the lungs.

Photo by G. Kramm (2013)

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