The Straight Skinny

When told that I was moving to Alaska, everyone, and I mean everyone, reacted. Their curiosity oozed with a plethora of questions all beginning with why until their manners caught up and the urge to question was safely locked away. It was hilarious and I had this huge grin while waiting for their first words.

There seems to be an aura of mystery about Alaska for most of us located in the lower contiguous 48 states. There’s also a lot of concern about the winters and the cold. That is totally understandable. If someone from the southeastern states were transported suddenly from there to here in, say, January, they would be very cold very quickly. If that happened in July, there would just be relief from the heat and humidity. You would be comfortable in Anchorage and points south. You might want to add a light jacket later, but you would be fine.

Yesterday, my first full day here, I was out shopping in jeans, a cotton blouse, and sandals. I was totally comfortable. This winter the outfit would include a tee, a sweater, a warm coat, thick socks, jeans or cords, boots, gloves, and a hat if planning to be outside for more than five minutes. If not, I might skip some of the layering. I’ve yet to get all that down pat.

Although I’ve been here twice before, it was always during more temperate weather. This will be my first winter here. It will be a learning situation I’m sure. Now, in September, Alaska is having its fall season. The temperature is in the 60’s on sunny days and 50’s during rainy days. Nights run in the 40’s. Some days the temperature range will differ by only a few degrees. It is really comfortable even with the rain.

The windows are ajar to allow fresh air in and the heat isn’t on. Since it’s rainy and cooler today, I added a cotton sweater to a cotton top and slacks. Even though I’m in Alaska, I’m not freezing nor am I in an igloo. It’s a very nice house in a cul-de-sac in a suburb of Anchorage. Were I in Barrow, AK, the temperature would be ten to twenty degrees cooler; however, it is the northernmost town in Alaska. Air conditioning is a rarity here although there are a few days or nights when it might be nice to have it. It’s different from what most in the lower 48 know, but make no mistake about it, it is
American and proud of it.

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2 Responses to The Straight Skinny

  1. Jeanette Spencer says:

    If you didn’t mention Alaska in your post, I would have thought you were describing Ohio.

  2. Cliff says:

    Great descriptions, Mom. I am glad the weather has been nice so far.

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