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Old 07-06-2009, 07:22 PM
 
Location: San Diego
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Hey guys, I was just wondering where the mildest weather in Alaska might be found. My aunt and uncle are thinking about retiring up there relatively soon and I told them I'd try to find out some information about weather and the like. They're coming from Colorado, so they're used to lots of snow, but they're also used to getting sun along with that snow. And they know, very well, that Alaska is pretty chilly and gets snow, they're not looking for San Diego weather or anything like that, they just want to know where the most mild winters can be found. As I said they're retiring so they're not looking for something with a booming economy or thriving business environment, they just want someplace pretty, quiet and calm. I'm sure they'd really love if there were at least something nearby, a small town or even if they were within a good, safe driving distance of an actual city, but they're not too picky. Any help I could get would be great for them. They are going up there again in a few weeks, but I thought finding out some information before hand might be useful. Thanks!
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Old 07-06-2009, 07:28 PM
 
Location: Bethel, Alaska
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It's not mild today....
Bethel, Alaska (Airport)

Clear
75 F / 24 C
Clear
Humidity: 46%
Dew Point: 53 F / 12 C
Wind: 7 mph / 11 km/h / 3.1 m/s from the SSW
Wind Gust: 16 mph / 26 km/h / 7.2 m/s
Pressure: 30.08 in / 1018 hPa (Falling)
Visibility: 10.0 miles / 16.1 kilometers
UV: 7 out of 16
Clouds:
Clear -
(Above Ground Level)
Elevation: 121 ft / 37 m
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Old 07-06-2009, 08:22 PM
 
Location: The Woods
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Southeast is the mildest, but the rain and clouds might be a bit much for a lot of people...after that, Southcentral.
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Old 07-06-2009, 08:26 PM
 
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Yeah...I've seen winters in southern SE where it rarely gets below freezing. But the rain and the gloom can be really oppressive. I've always preferred the winters farther north to here where you at least see the sun.
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Old 07-06-2009, 08:36 PM
 
Location: Casa Grande, AZ
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Yeah...I've seen winters in southern SE where it rarely gets below freezing. But the rain and the gloom can be really oppressive. I've always preferred the winters farther north to here where you at least see the sun.
For a few hours anyway with the shorter daylight hours. What gets me is having it cloudy for a few days,and then go out and get blasted with that sun glare off the snow, kind of like needles in the eyes and readjust to the sun, but the sun is gorgeous on the snow in the winter
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Old 07-06-2009, 08:40 PM
 
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For a few hours anyway with the shorter daylight hours. What gets me is having it cloudy for a few days,and then go out and get blasted with that sun glare off the snow, kind of like needles in the eyes and readjust to the sun, but the sun is gorgeous on the snow in the winter
Yeah--in the worst of winter it gets light here around 8 AM and dark around 4. Not really all that different from the northern lower 48.
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Old 07-06-2009, 08:44 PM
 
Location: Alaska & Florida
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Wasilla, Palmer, Eagle River and Anchorage have the most mild weather in Alaska in my opinion. This has been a great summer so far...lately it's been high 70's, low 80's!
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Old 07-06-2009, 09:00 PM
 
Location: Casa Grande, AZ
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Spring and summer are way better than last year, Thank you very much!!! I even caught myself a sunburn for the first time in I don't know how many years on Saturday...Alaska burn I think... face and from elbows down where sleeves were pulled up
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Old 07-06-2009, 10:03 PM
 
Location: Alaska
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Hot...as...hell.....

hit 84 today. the northern breeze (tho blowing warm air) was a gift from god...
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Old 07-06-2009, 10:38 PM
 
Location: Haines, AK
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I saw 77 when I went to the movies today.

Last summer seems pleasant compared to this
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