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Old 11-19-2007, 02:16 PM
 
Location: Chambers County
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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!
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Old 11-19-2007, 02:21 PM
 
Location: Naptowne, Alaska
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If your jogging it hurts to breath sucking in that cold air. Your eyelashes freeze when you blink, your hands hurt if you grab an exterior door knob with no gloves, wearing glasses will make your ears cold real fast. It's quite easy to dress for the occasion tho. And drink plenty of water. In the extreme cold and dryness up here, you can dehydrate quickly just from breathing alone.
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Old 11-19-2007, 05:00 PM
 
Location: Anchorage, AK
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Just try visiting in MN or northern WI during February....it gets pretty cold up here if you just want to "feel the cold."
I remember one winter we had school called off because the windchill was reaching -80 f.
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Old 11-19-2007, 05:14 PM
 
Location: Bethel, Alaska
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Tshirt weather there Tessa:P
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Old 11-19-2007, 05:24 PM
 
Location: Anchorage, AK
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T-shirt weather? Can I flick your nipples off then? Har har
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Old 11-19-2007, 05:25 PM
 
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I've got some friends in Texas, they delight in telling me they are basking in the 70 and 80 degree fall days while I send them pictures of new snowfall.

At zero, it's just uncomfortably cold if you're not dressed appropriately. True, many will become acclimated somewhat more to the cold when they've been here for a while, but that usually can be attributed to changes in lifestyle such as raising their temperature regulatory functions in their body by increasing calorie intake to address how much more energy is consumed just to keep warm.

At 20 or 30 below, it's gone well beyond being just uncomfortable and without preperations it's very dangerous to take chances exposing the human body to exposure to those conditions. You dress accordingly but any chance mishap, at worst, can turn life threatening very quickly, or at the least, bodily injury is very easy to sustain.

From freezing to zero degrees, you will see people dressed appropriately, out for recreational purposes. 20 and 30 below, most everybody will only venture out if they cannot, for some reason, avoid it.

What's it like? How's it feel? Like nothing you'll see in South Texas. When my friends from South Texas come visiting in the summer, they tell me they are 'cold' when it drops below 60. On our hottest days, they tell me how cool and refreshing it is.

Though I encourage them to, they've never carried through on their saying they want to come visit in the winter.
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Old 11-19-2007, 05:30 PM
 
Location: Bliss Township, Michigan
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Originally Posted by tessa_marie View Post
Just try visiting in MN or northern WI during February....it gets pretty cold up here if you just want to "feel the cold."
I remember one winter we had school called off because the windchill was reaching -80 f.

yup, same goes here in northern Michigan.
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Old 11-19-2007, 10:15 PM
 
Location: Chambers County
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Thank all of yall. User 2 is right. Below 60 people start complaining, and at 45 some start to freak out. The 40's last only a day or two, then it warms right up again. We do have 4 seasons, though. Summer lasts from March through November, December is fall, January is our 45 degree winter, and February is spring. Our 9 month summer begins again in March.

I want to see Alaska (including Barrow) and see a little bit of cold. It would be quite a novelty, I'm sure.
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Old 11-19-2007, 10:27 PM
 
Location: Palmer
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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.
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Old 11-19-2007, 11:40 PM
 
Location: Alaska
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What is the cold like?
well, your nose will run a bunch, and the cough will get on everyone's nerves around you. the fever isn't that bad, nyquil helps, the geltabs are great.
take zinc daily before winter, it helps a bunch.

...just messing with ya, no offense meant....
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