From high above the 44th Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Anchorage, where 85 teams are competing for the win in Nome, Alaska Dispatch News captured the race’s abbreviated three mile ceremonial start on March 5, 2016. Why was it abbreviated? From The New York Times:
Traveling through Greenland on a dog sled.
The parade was only three miles long instead of the usual 11 because, despite the train delivery of tons of snow from Fairbanks, there still was not enough to go around.
“We’ve moved snow before,” said Tim Sullivan, a spokesman for the Alaska Railroad, which brought down seven train carloads of snow for the festivities. But hauling snow to someplace that wants it? “That’s unusual,” he said.
Winter here is changing rapidly. Of the six warmest November-to-January seasons in Alaska since 1925, three have been in a row, including this one. Anchorage this year had its fourth-warmest February on record — at 29.9 degrees, almost 10 degrees above average — with little snow for weeks.