Snow Assumption

Say Alaska and everyone thinks snow and cold. That assumption would be right during November through April. We have a bit of snow here and there, but what dazzles me is that the dew freezes and will hang around most of the day. Please understand that I am talking about the Anchorage area not the rest of the state particularly the higher elevations. For example, here, the temps are currently running around 30 degrees for a high and the lows around the high teens. Whereas in Barrow, the northern most city in Alaska with a desert-like climate, it’s temps range right now in the high teens and lows around ten degrees. Juneau, the state capitol, a 22 hour drive south of Anchorage (you can’t drive there since Juneau is only accessible by boat or plane like much of Alaska), is enjoying balmy weather in the 40’s and lows around 36-37.

Have you noticed the trend up here? There is very little fluctuation in the numbers. While living in Tennessee, it wasn’t unusual for the temps to range around 20 degrees difference between the high and the low, dropping at times as much as 30 degrees. It’s drier here than anywhere else I’ve ever lived. When brushed, my hair flies around as though it’s taking off to points unknown and moisturizing is an absolute must. The other must is hydrating. You must drink water or other liquids especially when involved in any activity. It’s as necessary here as it is in 100 degree temps in the lower 48. Today, while out shopping I didn’t take any water. Big mistake, huge (thank you, Pretty Woman). After three hours, I was guzzling a Sprite from a local fast food joint as fast as I could with the window down and the temp hovering around 25 degrees. Never once did I feel any chill.

In Tennessee, I kept the house at 68 and it often felt chilly. Here, that same temperature feels so warm, at times, too warm. I’m sure there is some explanation as to why that is, but I don’t begin to understand it. It’s good that I’m used to going with the flow.



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4 Responses to Snow Assumption

  1. Alicia says:

    So I have to chime in here! Just to clarify you cannot actually drive to Juneau. You can only get there by plane of boat. Also the differences in temps and weather across the state is due to the fact they are different climate regions. Just like you said Barrow is in the arctic circle and is desert like; whereas Juneau is temperate rainforest and doesn’t get as cold. I think that is one of the best and most misunderstood things about AK. There is a climate for everyone. As long as you don’t mind it being on the cooler side.

    Also it’s the lack of humidity and the cold that make the temps feel different. Or at least in my experience!!

    • Thanks, Alicia for the correction. I knew you couldn’t drive to Juneau and regret implying that you could. As for the rest, keep teaching me and I’ll keep researching.

  2. Jeanette Spencer says:

    I love getting this education on Alaska. I new nothing about Alaska before you moved there. I was one of the ones that thought Alaska was cold and snowy all the time. It sounds interesting and from the pictures, it looks beautiful.

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