Alaska has a different seasonal chart. There are a few weeks of spring, several months of summer, and then a few weeks of fall. Alaskans know when winter is approaching by the first appearance of the “termination dust.” Termination dust is the first dusting of snow on the local mountain tops. This term came from the old mining days. This first dusting told the miners that winter was coming in six weeks and they should “terminate” their activities and prepare for winter or get out of there. Winter is a comin’ and I’m a gonna freeze my butt.