Mild weather gives boost to winter construction

Posted: Wednesday, December 11, 2002

With early winter ice storms causing power outages along the eastern seaboard of the United States, freezing temperatures in Florida, six inches of snow in Ohio, and Colorado ski resorts already open for business, the national media hasn't had much to say about global warming recently. However, here in Alaska, the warmest, driest, October on record has led to a wet, warm November that has caused flooding while giving a break to outdoor construction. Jim Smith, owner of ACT Construction, started a late fall remodeling job on a warehouse in Soldotna owned by Alan Norville. The building is to be the future local home of ACS Communications Systems. "The weather has been cooperating, but this is a big building," said Smith, as one of his workers Jordan Fischer carried siding under sunny skies two weeks ago in short sleeves. With the assistance of a few floodlights, Smith was able to finish the outdoor work before the Thanksgiving holiday.

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