FAIRBANKS - You would think being in the snowmachine business would be a good gamble in Fairbanks. But this year the white stuff is scarce.
"We do the snow dance nightly," said John Haddad, co-owner of Polaris Outpost, a shop that sells Polaris snowmachines. Sales are not robust, he said.
Weather forecasters and snowmachine enthusiasts alike are scratching their hatless heads waiting for snow and cold.
Marvin Percha, National Weather Service meteorologist, blames a warm southerly wind that dumps all its moisture in the form of rain south of the Alaska Range. There's not much left for the Interior, he said.
The lack of snow has prompted one snowmobile business to cajole on the radio, "If you buy it, it will snow."