Whoa There! It’s finally winter in the Last Frontier at -30!

Today’s Location: At home in Fairbanks, Alaska
Temperature: -23 today
Sunrise/Sunset: I’m losing track… Somewhere around 10am and 4pm
Listening to: Country Christmas radio on Pandora – yes, it’s that time already
Success of the Day: Morning circuit workout at 630am, after my car barely started despite being plugged in

Well, the long autumn weather was very nice indeed, but it seems long gone! The snow hit on Halloween, and it has been here to stay. Fairbanks had an unusual snow storm last week with 50mph winds. 15,000 homes went without power last Wednsday night and as of today, over a week later, 150 homes are still without power. The nice thing about the snow is that I have been able to get out and cross country ski! The small mountains we have to snowboard and downhill ski are beginning to open as well. The good things about winter are setting in! But, the temperatures have finally dropped! Personally, my cutoff to get out and play is around -20, and to go running it’s -10.

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As us Fairbanksans and other Alaskans around the state (some places warmer than us and very few colder) plug in our cars every night, warm them up every morning, and gear up like Randy from A Christmas Story to do even the smallest of outdoor and in town tasks, I’d like to share a fun little email I received this morning. Afterall, temperature is all relative, right?

  • 65 above zero: Floridians turn on the heat. People in Alaska plant gardens.
  • 60 above zero: Californians shiver uncontrollably. People in Alaska sunbathe.
  • 50 above zero: Italian & English cars won’t start. People in Alaska drive with the windows down.
  • 40 above zero: Georgians don coats, thermal underwear, gloves, and wool hats.People in Alaska throw on a hoodie.
  • 35 above zero: New York landlords finally turn up the heat. People in Alaska have the last cookout before it gets cold.
  • 20 above zero: People in Miami all die. People in Alaska close the windows.
  • Zero: Californians fly away to Mexico. People in Alaska get out their winter coats.
  • 10 below zero: Hollywood disintegrates. The Girl Scouts in Alaska are selling cookies door to door.
  • 20 below zero: Washington DC runs out of hot air. People in Alaska let the dogs sleep indoors.
  • 30 below zero: Santa Claus abandons the North Pole. People in Alaska get upset because they can’t start their snow machine.
  • 40 below zero: ALL atomic motion stops. People in Alaska start saying…””Cold enough for ya?””
  • 50 below zero: Hell freezes over. Alaska public schools will open 2 hours late”
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