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Old 11-03-2011, 10:26 PM
 
Location: Bethel, Alaska
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Wind from the SE (140 degrees) at 12 MPH (10 KT)
Visibility 8 mile(s)
Sky conditions overcast
Weather Light rain, snow
Precipitation last hour 0.01 inches
Temperature 36.0 F (2.2 C)
Dew Point 34.0 F (1.1 C)
Relative Humidity 92%
Pressure (altimeter) 28.81 in. Hg (975 hPa)
Pressure tendency 0.03 inches (1.0 hPa) lower than three hours ago
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Old 11-04-2011, 03:15 PM
 
Location: Carver County, MN
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Everyone knows that the alaska is the very cold place.We're travelling on May 10th 2010 via cruise for five days to Ketchikan & Juneau and I'm just wondering what kind of weather we can expect at that time? I am wondering whether or not take take my three-in-one fleece/raincoat as it's heavy so I would need to wear this for travelling as there won't be room in the case for it!!
Time travel! That should be one heck of a trip!!
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Old 11-04-2011, 03:16 PM
 
Location: Bethel, Alaska
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The National Weather Service in Anchorage has issued a blizzard
watch... which is in effect from Saturday morning through Saturday
afternoon.

* Snow... snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches is possible.

* Visibility... may be reduced to one quarter mile or less at times.

* Wind... east winds will increase on Saturday morning to 30 to 45 mph.

* Timing... blizzard conditions are possible from Saturday morning
through late Saturday afternoon before conditions improve
Saturday evening.

* Impacts... blowing snow may reduce visibilities and make for
dangerous or difficult travel conditions.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

A blizzard watch means there is a potential for falling and/or
blowing snow with strong winds and extremely poor visibilities.
This can lead to white-out conditions and make travel very
dangerous.
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Old 11-04-2011, 03:34 PM
 
Location: Juneau
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Everyone knows that the alaska is the very cold place.We're travelling on May 10th 2010 via cruise for five days to Ketchikan & Juneau and I'm just wondering what kind of weather we can expect at that time? I am wondering whether or not take take my three-in-one fleece/raincoat as it's heavy so I would need to wear this for travelling as there won't be room in the case for it!!
This link shows the weather in Juneau this past May. Gives you some idea what happened this year.

May 2010 Monthly Report

Of course next year is anybody's guess.
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Old 11-04-2011, 04:26 PM
 
Location: Deltana, AK
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Originally Posted by georgeth View Post
Everyone knows that the alaska is the very cold place.We're travelling on May 10th 2010 via cruise for five days to Ketchikan & Juneau and I'm just wondering what kind of weather we can expect at that time? I am wondering whether or not take take my three-in-one fleece/raincoat as it's heavy so I would need to wear this for travelling as there won't be room in the case for it!!
A raincoat and a sweater, warm hat, sturdy shoes, and maybe some thin gloves are all you should need that time of year. Add in synthetic long underwear top and bottom if you'll be doing any substantial hiking or whatever. And definetely keep an extra set of regular clothes handy. You're always liable to get wet in southeast.
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Old 11-04-2011, 05:59 PM
 
Location: Bliss Township, Michigan
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Warning Description: Special Statement

Warning Date: 1:15 PM AKDT on November 4, 2011

WarningSum:...Significant Snowfall Possible Saturday Night...

Warning Message:...Major storm system to affect the Bering Sea early next week...
A quick moving low pressure system will approach south central Alaska
Saturday bringing snow to most of the region Saturday evening through
early Sunday morning. Snow will begin near Homer late Saturday
afternoon...possibly mixing with rain along the inlet...and spread
north reaching Anchorage and the mat-su valley by midnight. Snow will
likely be intense for several hours overnight before tapering off
early Sunday morning. Widespread snowfall accumulation of 3 to 6
inches is possible with this storm.
Another weaker impulse moves through the region later
Sunday...possibly bringing another quick shot of light snow to the
region.
Early next week...a very strong low pressure system is expected to
develop Monday over the North Pacific and intensify as it moves into
the northern Bering Sea late Tuesday. This system will likely bring
storm force winds...50 kts or greater...to much of the region. In
addition...the strong southwesterly fetch has the potential to cause
high surf leading to significant beach erosion and possible coastal
flooding from Bristol Bay to Norton Sound.
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Old 11-04-2011, 06:04 PM
 
Location: Texas
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...I get what you're both saying though, and I agree that the winters up here really aren't worse than other kinds of crappy weather that people deal with in other places, maybe aside from the road conditions....
Oh, I was sure not saying that, please don't misunderstand me. You have a frame of reference that I don't, having lived in both places. I am just trying to wrap my thick head around what things are like up there. Windy, hot/windy, and cold/windy are all I really know, but months of cold like you folks get is something I don't have a handle on. Months of excruciating HOT on the other hand, I have 46 years worth of handle on....

In a couple of years, all the loose ends will be tied up, the goals met, and I will be job looking. I want someplace cooler than the Tx dustbowl I live in. Someplace with trees, some wildlife (other than rattlesnakes), and specifically not a big city. I will go where ever the right job is, but Alaska is first on the list, so I try to wring out info from folks like Tigre while trying to make that info fit in the only frame of reference I have, flawed as it is.

Moose, thanks for the blowing snow video, that kind of stuff is priceless to folks like me. Even better when it references cool stuff like the green grass and moose from a few months ago.
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Old 11-05-2011, 12:47 PM
 
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Warning Description: Special Statement

Warning Date: 1:15 PM AKDT on November 4, 2011

WarningSum:...Significant Snowfall Possible Saturday Night...

Warning Message:...Major storm system to affect the Bering Sea early next week...
A quick moving low pressure system will approach south central Alaska
Saturday bringing snow to most of the region Saturday evening through
early Sunday morning. Snow will begin near Homer late Saturday
afternoon...possibly mixing with rain along the inlet...and spread
north reaching Anchorage and the mat-su valley by midnight. Snow will
likely be intense for several hours overnight before tapering off
early Sunday morning. Widespread snowfall accumulation of 3 to 6
inches is possible with this storm.
Another weaker impulse moves through the region later
Sunday...possibly bringing another quick shot of light snow to the
region.
Early next week...a very strong low pressure system is expected to
develop Monday over the North Pacific and intensify as it moves into
the northern Bering Sea late Tuesday. This system will likely bring
storm force winds...50 kts or greater...to much of the region. In
addition...the strong southwesterly fetch has the potential to cause
high surf leading to significant beach erosion and possible coastal
flooding from Bristol Bay to Norton Sound.
Yep, this weather pattern has been exhausting! Just in the last 24 hrs at my house we have gone from near white-out/blizzard conditions, to calm, to snow, to clear skies right now, to a heavy snowfall warning tonight, and repeat with no end in sight! The storms out in the Bearing Sea are lined up thicker than the food stamp line at the Carrs on Gambell.
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Old 11-05-2011, 12:52 PM
 
Location: Naptowne, Alaska
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19 degrees at the house in Sterling this morning. Overcast and calm. Please snow. About a foot.
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Old 11-05-2011, 12:58 PM
 
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19 degrees at the house in Sterling this morning. Overcast and calm. Please snow. About a foot.
Yes, I can see the cloud deck that's over you guys right now. I'm hoping it stays south for a while longer so I can get a look at the sunspots through my telescope this morning when the sun clears the mountains.

SpaceWeather.com -- News and information about meteor showers, solar flares, auroras, and near-Earth asteroids
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