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Old 11-10-2018, 02:35 PM
 
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We spent a summer in Wyoming when I was very small and my father was doing some sort of grad. school thing. I don't remember anything except getting nosebleeds because of the elevation and a bear coming right up to our car when we visited Yellowstone.

Anyway, the OP will likely have a good life in either place -- I just hope he comes back and lets us know which one he chose. Most never bother.

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Old 11-10-2018, 03:51 PM
 
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Montana is much colder than Southcentral Alaska in the winter. Same with ND and MN.
No it isn't. Coldest winter we had was 1997 = -11F Same year in Wyoming - 25F
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Old 11-10-2018, 07:11 PM
 
Location: Wyoming
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Kalispell and other cities/towns in that area get a lot of warm air from the Pacific that helps keep the really cold weather at bay. I've never lived in Montana, but I've owned businesses there and done a lot of fishing in the summer and skiing in the winter. Parts are warmer, parts are colder, just like Alaska and Wyoming -- although Wyoming doesn't have much winter warmth, because there aren't any really low elevation areas in it. Unlike most areas of the country, many of our major rivers run north, into Montana -- Wind/Bighorn, Powder, Yellowstone.
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Old 11-10-2018, 09:32 PM
 
Location: Anchorage
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Kalispell and other cities/towns in that area get a lot of warm air from the Pacific that helps keep the really cold weather at bay. I've never lived in Montana, but I've owned businesses there and done a lot of fishing in the summer and skiing in the winter. Parts are warmer, parts are colder, just like Alaska and Wyoming -- although Wyoming doesn't have much winter warmth, because there aren't any really low elevation areas in it. Unlike most areas of the country, many of our major rivers run north, into Montana -- Wind/Bighorn, Powder, Yellowstone.

That's funny because around Fairbanks, the higher spots are warmer.
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Old 11-12-2018, 09:33 PM
 
Location: Wyoming
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That's funny because around Fairbanks, the higher spots are warmer.
That would be an inversion. It happens sometimes, most often in mountain valleys, etc., but I think it can happen in most places. The standard temperature lapse rate is 3.5F/2.0C degrees per thousand feet.
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Old 01-13-2019, 04:49 PM
 
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I’m a doc up here. Moved up after training for similar reasons as you listed. We love Alaska but it turned out not to be a favorable place with my specialty-despite living in Anchorage. We are heading back to the lower 48 after about 18mos.

What sort of medicine do you practice? Depending on what you do, you may or may not be severely limited by location. Anything of complexity is treated in Anchorage. Mat-Su is a nice hospital but they lack several major service lines. There is no significant subspecialty care on the Kenai (Homer/Soldotna).

You can certainly have a great life and thriving practice but be careful and do your research before making the move.
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Old 01-15-2019, 10:17 AM
 
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He is apparently moving to Waco TX now...with not even a goodbye!
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Old 01-18-2019, 07:30 PM
 
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In Alaska the main cost is the grocery store food if you buy it. If you live more off of the land like you're planning to, its not that expensive. Special clothing and extra precautions like educating the kids about weather and watching the weather every day if not twice in the winter (kids and adults easily accidentally freeze outside sometimes). Other things like fuel and your (mint always) car and utilities can be more expensive. Wood and pellet stoves are cheaper and some towns have gas lines so that your utilities aren't ridiculous (you would think all Alaska would have gas lines but sparce population and large tracts of land and low temperatures have prevented it) I think also some cities just enjoy massive electric bills for some reason! ANyway I think Juneau and sitka are nicer areas for someone really looking to be in the wild, there are lots of maritime vessels, fishing and hunting and fhe people-actual fishers and hunters and possibly a few homesteaders. The other cities in Alaska are more like your average US city, with more prostitution and drugs than you'd expect due to a female shortage, bordem and who knows why really. There is a yuppie farm community situation that's blooming in the mat-su I heard but you know how gentrification can get sometimes. Being a pilot would be fun in AK, im a torchured genius nature girl looking to go back and not get run off by my evil fan club so I'm in a similar position. The nice thing about the little islands is they are very very low in crime and problems which have been growing rapidly in anchorage (right by mat-su) and other areas in the last few years....


I remember that show with the pilots at the little airport and I think that's probably what sitka and some of these other little gems might be like. A real town where everyone knows the doctor and is down to earth but with some very educated people added to the mix I think it would be great! Nice to meet you. As the earth warms Alaska will be amazing but....some work might need done to keep it that way. A crime wave moved in around 13 and is getting worse in the 2 major towns and even a little in the country-sides up north, but not as much the islands and coasts. SALT water!
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Old Today, 07:11 PM
 
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He is apparently moving to Waco TX now...with not even a goodbye!
Nope, that's not me
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Old Today, 07:25 PM
 
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Nope, that's not me
It wasn't about you. It was about the OP, and the poster is right. The OP seems to be concentrating his search elsewhere now.
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