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No Snow for Iditarod Race


Iditarod race 2015

No Snow for Iditarod Race

An unseasonably warm winter has left places of the Iditarod trail in Alaska without snow, forcing the famous dogsled race to move 225 miles north.

Opening ceremonies began on Saturday in Anchorage with the race starting on Monday. This year mushers will cross the starting line in Fairbanks instead of Willow, the traditional starting point.
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This is only the second time in the race’s 43-year history that the starting point has moved from Willow to Fairbanks because of weather-related issues, the last time was in 2003.

Race director Mark Nordman said, “If I have one more person say to me to move the Iditarod to Boston, I’m going to shake my head.”

This year’s race will has 78 mushers, including six former champions and 20 rookies this year.

The racing course covers a 1,000-mile trail across Alaska ending in Nome. The race usually takes 10 days to complete, Dallas Seavey finished the race last year in a record time of eight days, 13 hours.

The lack of snow is blamed on the jet stream that brought warm air from the Pacific to the region, said Dave Snider with the National Weather Service in Anchorage.

He said, “It’s the same weather pattern that brought the east coast such snowy and cold weather this season. Alaska was simply on the warmer side of this weather pattern.”




No Snow for Iditarod Race

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