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Old 11-19-2007, 11:58 PM
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What got to me about the extreme cold was how quickly it can affect one's cognitive reasoning. Just when you need it most, it leaves you.

I know it gets as cold or colder in parts of the lower 48, but the lifestyle here can also be much more primitive. When I see a post from someone saying that they know what -45 feels like ...I wonder if they know what it feels like to go to the outhouse in that sort of temp., or drive over a hundred miles to the closest grocery store.
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Old 11-20-2007, 12:12 AM
Location: Naptowne, Alaska
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Or listen to the lake ice booming in the middle of the night. Or trees cracking so loud it sounds like gun fire.
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Old 11-20-2007, 12:06 PM
Location: faibanks alaska
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Originally Posted by southeasttexas View Post
I know it sounds like a crazy question, but I am really interested. I would like to visit AK (including Barrow) in 2009. I live on the Texas Gulf Coast, and our "COLD" here is 45 degrees! Yes, I know its laughable. So, what does 0 feel like? Does 20 or 30 below actually feel colder than zero?

BTW, We are past mid November now, and my AC runs all day. Temps still near 90!
there is a big difference between 0 and -30f 0 is decent once you get used to it but when it gets colder then -20 you can really feel it from the surface of your skin to the deeper depths of your body.
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Old 11-20-2007, 12:54 PM
Location: Wasilla, Alaska
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Originally Posted by Marty Van Diest View Post
If you go outside on an absolutely calm day at -60, your breath will catch in your throat. You have to get used to breathing it. You feel your nose hairs freeze when you breath. Your mustache or beard becomes quickly caked in ice. Your eyelashes stick together,

You can throw a cup of hot coffee in the air and it will freeze before it hits the ground. Here is a
video of something like it in Fairbanks.
Bic lighters also stop functioning at -60°F, cigarettes will go out on their own, any exposed flesh (including eyeballs) will freeze in under 3 minutes, and the water vapor in the atmosphere freezes and turns into an "ice-fog."

It rarely ever gets colder than -30°F in the Anchorage area. Unless the temperature drops below -50°F, I treat it as just any other day by dressing appropriately and doing what I want to do. I don't let the temperature or weather determine my activities, at least to a point.

If I have planned to go fishing on a certain day, then I go fishing on that day even if it is raining or -20°F. If I let weather dictate my activities, then I would probably end up spending most of the year indoors, and that isn't why I moved to Alaska.
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Old 11-20-2007, 01:49 PM
Location: NC, USA
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Originally Posted by warptman View Post
Tshirt weather there Tessa:P
LOL! Must say I like your attitude!
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Old 11-20-2007, 01:57 PM
Location: Bethel, Alaska
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Its a tad chilly here in Bethel...Might have to put a coat on today.

Observed at: Bethel, Alaska
Elevation: 121 ft / 37 m
[Blowing Snow]
8 °F / -13 °C
Blowing Snow
Humidity: 80%
Dew Point: 3 °F / -16 °C
Wind: 24 mph / 39 km/h / 10.8 m/s from the North
Pressure: 29.38 in / 995 hPa (Falling)
Windchill: -13 °F / -25 °C
Visibility: 5.0 miles / 8.0 kilometers
UV: 0 out of 16
Clouds: Few 700 ft / 213 m
Mostly Cloudy 3200 ft / 975 m
Mostly Cloudy 9000 ft / 2743 m
(Above Ground Level)
Snow Depth: 5.0 in / 12.70 cm
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