Let the sun shine in…

I’d love to have some sunshine right about now. It was a monochromatic day of white/gray today. Nothing like the sun we had same time two years ago…

Of course, I shouldn’t complain because today it is -13 degrees while two years ago, we were in the -50s.

So that’s global warming, right? Of course, next week, it could be colder. And last night was -38 so we’re not in the clear yet.

In these parts, around this time, we stop saying “MINUS thirty eight degrees” and instead simply say “thirty eight degrees” because everyone here knows that means BELOW ZERO.

So what kind of weather are you having now?

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  1. I’m traveling in my RV. I’m in Port Aransas, TX on Mustang Island. It’s is 69* right now, we may get some rain this afternoon. I would love to stay in Alaska for several months, but think I will just visit in the summer. I may do some Workamping in Alaska in 2013.

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  2. EGA

     /  January 6, 2012

    It’s 72 here in Irvine, CA. Not a cloud in the sky, just a perfect day.

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  3. Tom Michalski

     /  January 7, 2012

    I hate to tell you this, but today in St. Petersburg, FL it was in the low 70s … above zero. We had a cold snap earlier this week. It was down into the 20s in some areas of Florida. How do you folks deal with all that sub-zero weather? Feel free to write me at thomasamski@yahoo.com

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  4. J. Roese

     /  January 7, 2012

    72* ABOVE in San Diego, today, but it has been near 90* for the past three weeks–hoy, dry, clear, sunny.

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  5. Seeing the sun makes ALL the difference!!
    Greetings from NEK, the northeast kingdom of VT..where the temps are all over the place.
    10 below the other night, 35 above right now..so very little snow thus far, ski areas are hurting. Wish I were there!!

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  6. Bill

     /  January 8, 2012

    Low 60s here in VA/DC today. Rode the Harley. Thought of my Tok peeps….

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  7. Who, Me Crazy?

     /  January 8, 2012

    Yep, it’s good to “get out” every once in a while to charge the old solar batteries of the brain. Take your vitamin D, stay active, eat right (and not too much), and life is good. We just got back from spending the Holidays Outside, and, though it was kinda fun to go walk on the beach and smell the sea breeze, it is always good to get home to Tok, kick off the shoes and appreciate the rural lifestyle: a self-built log home, no property taxes, no mortgage, no noisy neighbors, and the ability to piss off my own porch without fear of being arrested. Alaska winter #30. Loving it.

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  8. Little Bird

     /  January 11, 2012

    Here in Southern Wisconsin we are having a beautiful January – warmest on record – 51 degrees this week, sunny and the grass is still green ! Love it. Global climate change has been good for us, but it’s also unpredictable and colder times are around the corner.

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  9. hmmm

     /  January 20, 2012

    I don’t know anyone that says minus 38 degrees. everyone i know will say 38 below,,,

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  10. alaskahockeymom

     /  January 30, 2012

    Teri, Ega, Tom, Bill, J. Roese, Little Bird and Pat — Kudos to you and the warmer temps where you are currently residing.

    But I have to add: SO WHAT.

    I lived in Tok for 8 years, Fairbanks for 4 years, Kodiak for 2.5 years, and have been in Anchorage now for the past 18 years.

    How many of us live in Alaska because we can’t go elsewhere? None that I know of.

    I live here for two reasons: Because it’s the most beautiful state in the nation and because I make more money than if I lived in Mustang Island, TX, Irvine or San Diego, CA, St. Petersburg, FL, VA/DC (uck.. been there/done that), VT, or Southern Wisconsin.

    While some people up here choose to stay here even after they retire, I’d say that most tend to move to warmer climates. Others summer in Alaska and travel or live somewhere else in the colder months. I’ve been able to buy a bungalow in Avalon, CA and a small house in Georgetown, Exuma. Like other Alaskans, I also travel whenever I need a thaw-out break. When I’m here though, I ski, play hockey outside, and enjoy life in our gorgeous state.

    Before you start pitying us too much.. think about why we live here. Unless you’re incarcerated, no one is holding a gun to our heads.

    We’re doing just fine thank you. 😉

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