Juneau fails to live up to its reputation of being part of the banana belt, at least this week. Taku winds blowing from the Northeast at a steady 30-40 mph, with the occasional gust at 70 to 80 mph, remind me of what it felt like living Northwestern Alaska. The winds are merciless, and clear everything in their path. Snowdrifts are forming everywhere. But the windy weather also polishes some of the intricate ice formations around town. And a friend explained to me how the winds help blow the cobwebs out of her brain. I couldn’t agree more.