Sunday, June 30, 2013

It’s Different Up Here

I know there are places in the Lower 48 where people say “if you don’t like the weather, wait’ll change.”  In Alaska...not so much.  We have weather and it sticks.

We recently went through what could very likely be our whole summer: two and half weeks of sunny, hot weather.

“Hot” of course is a relative term. I know parts of the West Coast and Southwest are hitting 100+ degree temperatures in the next few days. My mind can barely comprehend that kind of heat!

In Anchorage, when it hits 80 degrees...the TV weather people start to put fans and air conditions on the weather maps. And when it hits 85 (if it hits 85) we get the bright red fiery “HOT” on the TV screen.

I know, in many parts of the world, 80 isn’t hot (I’ve been told this quite clearly from my family in Nevada).

But it’s different up here.

Our city’s average high temperature for this time of year is 65 degrees. So, yes, 80 is a wee bit toasty compared to that. 

And Alaskans love it. It’s so rare we don’t dare waste a moment of sunshine. I had a movie scheduled with a friend and she said “it feels like sacrilege to go inside a movie theater on a day like this.” We ended up at restaurant with an outdoor patio. The patio was packed!

That was the first weekend of the sunshine. By the second weekend, we went to movies to escape the “heat.”  Now, it was still only in the upper 70s but no one has air conditioning and every fan for sale had been snatched up. I went for five days with my house never cooling off below 76 degrees. Ugh. I actually was excited to get in my car (air conditioning) and go to work (air conditioning turned up so high we had to wear sweaters) just to cool off.

The warmest (official) temperature ever recorded in Alaska is 100 degrees.  For Anchorage, it’s 86.
It clouded over and cooled off two days ago and I’m not unhappy. I like being able to sleep with blankets on me.

I’ve lived in Alaska going on 43 years. I’m not used to hot weather. I’ve talked to people who have moved up here and they’ve said that the heat is different, that 75 in Alaska feels a lot hotter than in other places.

I take comfort in that. Makes me feel less like a weather wimp.

On the other end of the scale, in winter, when it’s 20 degrees outside, I can say “that’s just about perfect.” And my Lower 48 family and friends think I’m nuts. 

What can I say? It’s different up here.

Stay cool!
Tielle St. Clare
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Jae Awkins said...

Weather - always a controversial subject. I've lived in Alaska as long as you, Tielle. Being born in Indiana and raised in Michigan, I would take an Anchorage winter ANY DAY over the midwest! It's dry here very little humidity. I like that. I like the cooler weather, too. Can't take the 'heat' anymore either.
Wow - your new FIRE ENGINE Briefs are HOT! Will get the word out! ;o)

DeNise said...

My garden and I are loving the heat=and I whine about missing the heat=until I go Outside and have to deal with it. Oye! it is different up here and yes, 20 degrees is just about perfect. [you did't hear me say that]

Lynn Lovegreen said...

Yes, Tielle, I'm happier too. The first few days of the heat wave, I basked in it. Then I'd look outside and say, "It's STILL sunny?!" I didn't know what to do with it. Now I'm more comfortable with the clouds and cool weather!