Why so dry? We could blame this on the transition from El Nino to La Nina, but the reality is that there are numerous factors out there influencing the track of the jet stream and the air masses that move over the state. In fact, the jet stream spent little time over any part of Mainland Alaska last month, meaning that atmospheric changes were slow, and therefore relatively benign and dry. Let’s hope the pattern changes soon, and that we get some snow on the ground, for the sake of insulation (no frozen pipes!), fun (skiing, riding, etc.) and a slower start to next year’s fire season (wetter springtime fuels).