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Old 06-01-2009, 12:29 PM
 
Location: Always dancing to a far off tune --- Fiddlefeet
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Someone from the Alaska state personnel contacted me about several openings in Alaska. I am not a cold weather person. Is there any spot that is just regular cold --- like --- I can live in Kansas --- even Wisconsin, but not the Dakotas.

Thanks for any enlightenment you can provide.

Oh, also --- is it really as expensive to live there as they say?
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Old 06-01-2009, 01:02 PM
 
Location: S.Dak
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There were days, last winter, when it was warmer in Alaska, than it was in South Dakota.
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Old 06-01-2009, 01:26 PM
 
Location: Wasilla, Alaska
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Someone from the Alaska state personnel contacted me about several openings in Alaska. I am not a cold weather person. Is there any spot that is just regular cold --- like --- I can live in Kansas --- even Wisconsin, but not the Dakotas.

Thanks for any enlightenment you can provide.

Oh, also --- is it really as expensive to live there as they say?
It all depends on where you are in Alaska. Alaska is a big state, and has a lot of different weather patterns.

The weather in south-central Alaska is probably closer to what you are used to in Kansas. A little cooler in the summer, and only slightly colder in the winter. Anchorage during the winter usually has temperatures similar to Omaha, NE, albeit a bit more snow.

The Alaskan panhandle (south east Alaska) is considerably warmer during the winter. More like Seattle, WA, or Portland, OR. Lots of rain and some snow.

Interior Alaska is where all the extreme temperatures are located. Fairbanks and Fort Yukon are consistently the coldest locations during the winter, and hottest locations in the summer.

Alaska has a much higher cost of living than Kansas. Almost everything Alaskans buy is shipped up from the lower-48 or elsewhere.
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Old 06-01-2009, 03:18 PM
 
Location: Palmer
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I am not a cold weather person.
I would not recommend Alaska to someone who doesn't actually enjoy winter. Unless you have the means to only live here 6 months a year.
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Old 06-01-2009, 03:28 PM
 
Location: Bethel, Alaska
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It gets cold here?
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Old 06-01-2009, 04:50 PM
 
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Someone from the Alaska state personnel contacted me about several openings in Alaska. I am not a cold weather person. Is there any spot that is just regular cold --- like --- I can live in Kansas --- even Wisconsin, but not the Dakotas.

Thanks for any enlightenment you can provide.

Oh, also --- is it really as expensive to live there as they say?
Most of the Gulf coastal areas aren't that cold. I thought the winters in Kodiak were considerably milder than those in MO, but they last a lot longer and the summers are cooler - and shorter. As for cost, it's probably a lot higher than you think. If you end up in AK, the COL will be a major culture shock. Then, again, there's all that fresh seafood, moose, deer, etc, that you won't get in the Lower 48, with the exception of salmon and dungeness crab in the PNW. Me, I prefer fresh halibut, shrimp, scallops, octopus, bambi, and so on. And the white tails in the states can't compare with Sitka black tails, either in size or flavor.
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Old 06-01-2009, 05:02 PM
 
Location: Northwestern Michigan
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If you are not a "cold weather person", why in God's name would you even CONSIDER Alaska??? You don't sound like the sharpest tool in the shed, no offense.

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Someone from the Alaska state personnel contacted me about several openings in Alaska. I am not a cold weather person. Is there any spot that is just regular cold --- like --- I can live in Kansas --- even Wisconsin, but not the Dakotas.

Thanks for any enlightenment you can provide.

Oh, also --- is it really as expensive to live there as they say?
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Old 06-01-2009, 05:09 PM
 
Location: on top of a mountain
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Someone from the Alaska state personnel contacted me about several openings in Alaska. I am not a cold weather person. Is there any spot that is just regular cold --- like --- I can live in Kansas --- even Wisconsin, but not the Dakotas.

Thanks for any enlightenment you can provide.

Oh, also --- is it really as expensive to live there as they say?
Send that persons name to us!!! we're cold weather people and moving to Alaska!!! and look'n for work!!
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Old 06-01-2009, 08:56 PM
 
Location: um....guess
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If you are not a "cold weather person", why in God's name would you even CONSIDER Alaska??? You don't sound like the sharpest tool in the shed, no offense.
To be fair, he mentioned he could handle some types of cold weather, including wisconsin which is where I live. Some people don't know the weather patterns up there so they come here to ask.
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Old 06-01-2009, 08:59 PM
 
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To be fair, he mentioned he could handle some types of cold weather, including wisconsin which is where I live. Some people don't know the weather patterns up there so they come here to ask.
I agree; there's no need to slam the OP for asking a question. I wonder how much time Peter has spent in Alaska. He doesn't seem to get that it isn't all about "cold". I've spend winters on the island where it gotten below freezing maybe twice...

Personally I prefer the winter in the interior in AK to SE. It's colder but you get some sun and the night skies are incredible. But...if you prefer less cold, consider SE. The temps are comparable to that of the Pacific Northwest. The trade off is that you have to put up with a lot of gloom.
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