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Old 10-03-2008, 11:53 AM
 
Location: Bethel, Alaska
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Yes, it actually makes a big difference. Anchorage can be broken up into many different microclimates which can show surprising variability due to particulars of elevation, topography, exposure, etc. In particular, Upper, Mid, and Lower Hillside will experience different wind conditions, with Upper hillside being the most extreme. I just went back and re-read your initial post and noticed you did say Mid hillside, so that won’t be quite as windy as where I’m at on Upper hillside, but now that you mention Goldenview, which is down closer to Turnagain Arm, that will be different as well. Though I haven’t actually been down in that area when the winds are blowing, I do know that when the National Weather Service issues a high wind warning for Anchorage, it’s usually worded in the form of: “High winds expected for Turnagain Arm and Upper Elevations”.

As I mentioned, I live on the Upper Hillside and work in Midtown. There is a running joke in the office among us who live on the hill that the weather at home will always be opposite of that when we leave work. On days when it is actually windy down in the city, it will often be calm up on the hill, and vice versa. Many times when the Chinook winds are really blowing up on the hill, you won’t even notice a thing down in the city, particularly in winter when the inversion layer effectively builds a brick wall between upper and lower elevations.

It’s not that bad though, and you just learn to deal with whatever it takes. That’s part of the fun of living here. Nobody ever said the weather in Alaska is boring!

With the inversions living on the hillside would have an advantage, it might be 10 degrees and cold in town and up in the hillside it will be around 10-20 degrees warmer.
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Old 10-03-2008, 02:34 PM
 
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And down at the bottom, by Campbell Creek Science center, you have the coldest temps in Anchorage.
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Old 10-07-2008, 07:34 PM
 
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A high wind watch was just posted for Thursday with gusts up to 75 mph.

Anchorage, Alaska (99501) Conditions & Forecast : Weather Underground
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Old 10-07-2008, 08:11 PM
 
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Please let us know how it goes Moose. Thanks!

What elevation are you at?

edit: unless you're still in Valdez by Thursday...
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Old 10-07-2008, 08:49 PM
 
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Please let us know how it goes Moose. Thanks!

What elevation are you at?

edit: unless you're still in Valdez by Thursday...
Nope, back to Anchorage tomorrow.

GPS shows our house at 1275 ft.

My wife says there's a foot of snow in the driveway right now. Should be gone by Thursday night!
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Old 10-09-2008, 05:51 PM
 
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Please let us know how it goes Moose. Thanks!
Here's the data from my weather station as of about 3:30pm:

http://i378.photobucket.com/albums/oo224/Bears_On_Ice/wx1530.gif (broken link)

However, the Weather service is forcasting winds to INCREASE tonight with gusts up to 85 mph!

Anchorage, Alaska (99501) Conditions & Forecast : Weather Underground
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Old 10-09-2008, 08:10 PM
 
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Here's mine for today up to around 7 PM PDT.

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Old 10-10-2008, 06:01 AM
 
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Default Sleepless in hillside

New to the area, now living in 99516. Love the views and change of scenery from the rest of anchorage. Looking at my first winter in Ak. Wow, the weather people are correct (as opposed to my experiences in the lower 48), the winds are really howling tonight! Never had to sleep during this much "action" outside. Can someone tell me where to find that cool data posted on local condition. I checked the link but was unable to find the detailed info w wind gusts, etc. Is it avail to the public? Thanks in advance.
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Old 10-10-2008, 11:55 AM
 
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Just got back online. Winds really picked up around 4 am, power went out shortly thereafter in much of the Hillside and Eagle River areas. Had to go out a fire up the backup generator. Had one large tree come down in my driveway and lost a few shingles off the shed. My neighbor lost a good portion of his deck. Hopefully the winds will start letting up soon. More to follow...
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Old 10-11-2008, 10:34 AM
 
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Interesting on the front page of ADN this morning- a guy in Goldenview lost his roof to the winds that went through Anchorage Thursday night & Friday morning.

What a wind storm! The winds reached 100 mph & have caused a blackout of electricity to 20,000 people from Hillside to Peters Ck.
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