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December 5, 2010

It isn’t as cold as you think.

We are having a normal cold snap here at the cabin. Seeing as I am new to Alaska, I moved here in 1995, I can not remember one like this happening in November but I am sure it has. Tonight I hear on the news that the East coast is in for a blast of cold air, and I smiled to my self. I lived 48 years back in Philadelphia and understand what they were talking about.

Every news cast back there would be warning of the danger’s of going outside in the extreme cold. They would rattle on and on about how your skin would get frost bite if exposed to these extreme temperatures. They would have Doctors on explaining how to treat exposure to the dangerous cold. School officials would run on about how the children should be bundled up to prevent exposure to the cold weather.

I think I have mused before how I feel sitting here in my cabin at almost the top of the world… Looking down on the lower 48 states and smiling, like some omnipresent being, that had all knowledge. In truth just an old man who has traveled some, and gained a little knowledge and even less insight. So as I listen to our news and reminisce about how it would be presented to the millions of people back East…

I glance at my temperature gauge

and see that todays high temperature was a nice -20

and once again I smile.

7 Comments leave one →
  1. AussieAlaskan permalink
    December 5, 2010 3:06 pm

    Funny how perspective changes opinion, eh? Oh, by the way, I love the falling snowing flakes – nice touch :-)


  2. Texas Ranger permalink
    December 6, 2010 8:10 am

    You smile because -20 is a “heat wave” for a real Alaskan Winter.

    Oh yea, and the falling snow is a real nice touch. How did you do that?


  3. Jon permalink
    December 6, 2010 10:49 am

    Living here in the Twin Cities your 2nd paragraph hits home. The local newscasters describe 10 deg. as “bitter cold” or “extremely ( I think this word is way overused ) cold” or during a snowfall the field reporters will pick up a hand full and describe it in boring almost hysterical detail. Now they close schools for a little snowfall when “back in my day” you were chicken if you DIDN’T get to school and sit in class with your jacket on if the radiators weren’t working; this after if you lived in the “country” maybe having your bus pulled out of the ditch by the farmer down the road and riding in a bus that might be 15 years old with a couple of heaters instead of new ones all the time like now.

    C’mon, this is Minnesota! Man-up!!

    I think it was Thanksgiving of ’91 when it was -45 in Fairbanks.



    • December 6, 2010 2:18 pm

      You are so right Jon… close schools??? Last week was the first time I can remember that school closed and it was because the school busses were going off the road because of the ice we had. I have seen elementary school kids in the school yard playing at -15. Yes it is a tad cold at -30 and more but life goes on… otherwise how would one live in the sub arctic.


  4. kara permalink
    December 6, 2010 5:23 pm

    i can remember going to school at 50 below and the bus was really cold when it got colder you had the option to not go to school,,now school closes at 50 below the wussies,,


  5. Rosalyn permalink
    December 7, 2010 5:19 pm

    Yes, minus 40 and under was an excused absence if you missed school. Unfortunately for you, I usually wasn’t paying attention and you got to go wait for the bus no matter how cold it was, poor abused child.


  6. kara permalink
    December 8, 2010 5:56 pm

    it wasn’t abuse hardly anyone else went so we got to spend the day doing whatever we wanted,,,it was possibly the only time i enjoyed school,,,


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