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Old 05-29-2011, 09:05 PM
 
Location: Alaska
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Default Just checking out the facts!

Hi all,

Please, please tell me that what I have read is true and there is little risk of severe thunderstorms or tornadoes in Alaska, right? We have been hammered the last couple of years here in TN. Normally, I like a good thunderstorm, but it has been so bad here lately that everyone runs for cover at the first rumble of thunder. No tornadoes in Alaska.....just earthquakes, volcanoes, hazardous winter weather, but no poisonous insects or snakes either, correct? Thanks for any reassurance. I want to get my facts straight before making the big move!

Carrie
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Old 05-29-2011, 10:18 PM
 
Location: Naptowne, Alaska
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Sure we get lighting. Especially in the interior part of the state. Usually a handfull of wildfires due to lightning strikes. I know for a fact there has been a tornado near Sand Point on the Aleutian Chain, and our local paper published a funnel cloud spotted on the Kenai Peninsula very near Skilak Lake a couple summers ago.
But the peninsula lighting storms are usually short lived and not that intense.
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Old 05-29-2011, 10:26 PM
 
Location: Valdez, Alaska
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You're definitely not going to have the severe, frequent thunderstorms that you're used to down there. Depending on where you're moving, you may get some serious windstorms, though.
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Old 05-29-2011, 11:40 PM
 
Location: Palmer
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You will have minor thunderstorms and lightning. It is very rare to see a funnel cloud. I saw one during a storm on the north side of Unimak.
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Old 05-30-2011, 12:59 AM
 
Location: Not far from Fairbanks, AK
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We get a lot of thunderstorms and lighting on the mountains along the Richardson Highway. I am talking about scary stuff. I often sleep in the back of my truck (a topper) when camping on high points along the Richardson, and sometimes it gets so bad that I just get up and drive down to the road
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Old 05-30-2011, 02:25 AM
 
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I actually heard a thunder clap about 4:00 am this morning. First one I've heard here in ANC in about 16 months!
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Old 05-30-2011, 03:08 AM
 
Location: interior Alaska
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I had a thunderstorm just today! It knocked out my power for a while.
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Old 05-30-2011, 11:13 AM
 
Location: Homosassa, Florida
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Alaska as thunder storms that start natural forest fires. Alaska has earthquakes. Alaska has easy highways less traffic some places.
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Old 05-31-2011, 01:34 AM
 
Location: Bethel, Alaska
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There was some thunder storm looking clouds over Denali today, and over the Talkeetna mountains.
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Old 05-31-2011, 09:32 AM
 
Location: Wasilla, Alaska
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Hi all,

Please, please tell me that what I have read is true and there is little risk of severe thunderstorms or tornadoes in Alaska, right? We have been hammered the last couple of years here in TN. Normally, I like a good thunderstorm, but it has been so bad here lately that everyone runs for cover at the first rumble of thunder. No tornadoes in Alaska.....just earthquakes, volcanoes, hazardous winter weather, but no poisonous insects or snakes either, correct? Thanks for any reassurance. I want to get my facts straight before making the big move!

Carrie
Alaska is a big place with a lot of different weather patterns. You are more likely to encounter a thunderstorm in the interior of Alaska than along the coast. Thunderstorms within the Matanuska-Susitna Valley are not common, but do happen on particularly hot days. Thunderstorms between Fairbanks and Delta Junction are much more common, and are responsible for 80%+ of the interior fires.

There are tornadoes in Alaska, but they are rare.

USATODAY.com - Rare tornado touches down in Alaska

While Alaska does not get hurricanes since they form in the tropics, portions of Alaska do experience hurricane force winds, rain, and storm surges along the coast.

No hurricanes in Alaska, but...

There are poisonous spiders in Alaska, but no snakes.

How to Identify Spiders in Alaska | eHow.com

There are also no fleas, tics, or cockroaches in Alaska, unless you bring them with you. Alaska is also the only State in the Union where your dog cannot contract heart-worms.
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