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Iditarod 2019 – Day 6

Iditarod 2019 MapSled DogThe forecast for the lower Yukon Valley [the trail ahead] is for winds, snow, ice and temperatures in the 30s – miserable weather for sledding.

Standings at 8:30 PM CST:

Beyond Iditarod
1 Nicolas Petit (20)
2 Joar Leifseth Ulsom (28)
At Iditarod
3 Aliy Zirkle (19)
4 Martin Buser (21)
5 Jessie Royer (14)
6 Peter Kaiser (9)
7 Richie Diehl (29)
Beyond Ophir
8 Ryan Redington (22)
9 Mitch Seavey (32)
10 Matthew Failor (17)
11 Wade Marrs (36)
12 Paige Drobny (40)
13 Matt Hall (3)
14 Travis Beals (51)
15 Sarah Stokey (52)
16 Mats Pettersson (4)
17 Linwood Fiedler (15)
18 Jessie Holmes (5)
19 Aaron Burmeister (38)
20 Lev Shvarts (13)

21 Ramey Smyth (6)
22 Aaron Peck (47)
23 Jeff King (23)
24 Brett Bruggeman (35)
25 Michi Konno (43)
26 Charley Bejna (31)
27 Seth Barnes (45)
28 Jason Campeau (12)
29 Jeff Deeter (25)
30 Ed Hopkins (33)Q
At Ophir
31 Anna Berington (10)
32 Kristy Berington (26)
33 Richie Beattie (50)Q
34 Marcelle Fressineau (27)
35 Robert Redington (34)
36 Jessica Klejka (24)R
Beyond Takotna
37 Lance Mackey (44)
At Takotna
38 Martin Apayauq Reitan (39)Q
39 Kristin Bacon (8)
40 Cindy Gallea (53)
41 Michael Baker (41)
42 Alison Lifka (37)R
Beyond McGrath
43 Sebastien Dos Santos Borges (46)Q
44 Emily Maxwell (18)
At McGrath
45 Niklas Wikstrand (42)R
46 Blair Braverman (11)R
47 Anja Radano (2)
48 Ryan Santiago (49)R
49 Cindy Abbott (16)
50 Victoria Hardwick (30)R
51 Jeremy Keller (48)

The Mushers in bold are former winners of the Iditarod, while italics indicates Yukon Quest winners. The numbers in parentheses are their Bib numbers. The small “R” indicates a total rookie, while the small “Q” indicates an Iditarod rookie who has completed a Yukon Quest.

These are the official standings. That means they are official, not that they are correct. Things jump around a lot as people decide to update the standings. This problem is especially bad in the back of the pack, as no one bothers to update those standings when the lead is changing.

This post will be updated during the day, and the map changed on all posts to reflect the current situation.

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1 JuanitaM { 03.08.19 at 9:04 am }

I read where the trail leaving Ophir was really rough. Apparently there wasn’t enough snow to cover the tussocks of dead grass. One guy described it as sledding over bowling balls. Aliy was going 4-5 mph at one point, so it must have been an awful ride.

In other news it’s snowing outside my window. Again. I actually DO like snow, but it’s time for winter to get over itself. This is Virginia for God’s sake! It’s been a really snowy damp winter here in the Appalachian chain, and the ground has gotten about all it can hold as well as the creeks. Enough.

2 Bryan { 03.08.19 at 11:55 am }

We are getting set for another tornado outbreak in the Deep South this weekend. We haven’t gotten as cold this year as we did last year, and that means we have warm, moist air sitting off the coast available to feed the storms.

The wet snow is the worst. You don’t get snowballs, they’re ice balls, and it’s heavier than rocks to shovel. It also clogs up snowblowers if you went that route.

There is definitely going to be a lot of flooding once the thaw begins in earnest.

3 JuanitaM { 03.08.19 at 4:57 pm }

The weather patterns are off everywhere. Strangely, we also have had a warmer winter than last year, but about every 3-4 days we have had some form of ice/snow/sleet. It’s not always a lot, but it’s been regular as clockwork.

Sorry to hear there are more tornadoes expected. That’s a scary situation to be in and there’s not an awful lot you can do about it. They tell you to go to the basement, but somehow or another the idea of being buried alive and no one perhaps finding you doesn’t appeal greatly to me. Not a lot of appealing choices there.

Do your cats get upset when there’s a lot of thunder and lightning? Whisper tries to climb on top of me (keep in mind, she’s a 50 lb dog but that doesn’t stop her). Blue is unconcerned for the most part except for a really close blast of a nearby tree.

4 Bryan { 03.08.19 at 8:55 pm }

I’m supplying the warm moist air that is going to interact with the cold front that will generate the turbulence that creates thunderstorms and tornadoes. The bad stuff usually occurs north of me, so I’ll see watches, but rarely warnings of tornadoes. They don’t build houses with basements down here. You hit groundwater rather quickly.

The cats hide anytime there are loud noises – be it wind, thunder, or fireworks. I don’t know where they are hiding [catspace] but they’ll come out after it has passed.