This has been a pretty unusual last year in Southeast Alaska — we had record rain last summer and fall, followed by a major lack of snow in the winter, followed by record sun and warmth this spring and an early summer. Last year, we wrote an article about early blueberries on July 18. This year, we picked salmonberries June 12 and blueberries June 17. What’s going on? We’ve also donned short sleeves for the 80-degree weather and hiked a largely snow-free Juneau Ridge, and Grandchild Peaks ridge, and Mount Roberts, and … well, you get the idea.