We have had sublime weather so far this summer. It harkens back to the summers when I first arrived up here, before the world forgot that this is supposed to be a desert. Blue skies, punctuated by the occasional cloud, and lately, hardly a breath of wind.
The downside to all this fantastic weather is Arctic Bay has turned to dust. Well not quite, but the air surrounding it has. Dust is everywhere. Our roads up here are mostly made of a mudstone shale, with some gravel in there somewhere. Every vehicle launches a cloud of dust into the air, and with the dry windless conditions the dust just hangs there. Well it just hangs there except for the 100 pounds or so of it that settles onto my truck, or caked in my nasal passages.
There is a lot of traffic right now, this is a busy time. ATVs and trucks move back and forth between Victor Bay at a frantic pace. Add to that the construction of a new sewage lagoon, and road, that means heavy trucks move back and forth steadily between near first bridge and town, and well, a lot of dust gets launched into the air. Where it stays.
Arctic Bay is enveloped in a cloud of dust. Looking from town you can see it back over the bay and beyond. But look back towards town and you can really see it. This is taken over the new airport towards town.
Would it be wrong to ask for a little rain, say on Mondays from 9 to 2? Then we can get back to the bluebird skies.