And so it begins...

By
Real Estate Broker/Owner with Jesse Clifton & Associates, REALTORS® AREC License #15292

Although some were hoping we would see a kindler, gentler Old Man Winter this year, it seems the old boy has other plans.  According to a weather genius friend, and confirmed by NOAA, we're going to see record cold temperatures sweep across the Tanana Valley.

Bring it old man.

I could probably live without seeing the mercury slide down to negative 40 and colder.  Doing anything outside at those temperatures is just not fun, and can be life threatening if you're not prepared for it. Note: Always be prepared for it. 

But, I well remember winters in the 80's where temps in the 40 below range were not a once or twice a year occurrence, but an event that set in around the middle of December and lifted sometime early to mid February... sometimes as late as March.  In (late) May 1985, we celebrated my birthday with four and a half feet of snow on the ground.  I think it finally melted the second week of June.  January of '87 saw us grounded for a week while we waited out a 70 below cold snap at our cabin on the Yukon.

Right now the forecast is calling for lows of 20-30 below through the rest of the week, but if the clouds clear out it's possible we'll see 40 or 50 below.  Welcome to life in the Last Frontier.

Now, where did I put that hot buttered rum recipe?

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Comments (29)

Katerina Gasset
Get It Done For Me Virtual Services - Wellington, FL
Get It Done For Me Virtual Services

Jesse- and we were complaining today that on the way to church it was in the high 80's! I don't like being hot but I don't like being cold either. I would stay cuddled up indoors! We are waiting anxiously for the cold fronts to come on over:) What happens when it gets 20 below? Do you stay inside? Do people go looking for houses then? Like Russ, I'd like to ask, does your car even start? 

Nov 15, 2009 02:21 PM
Lynda Eisenmann
Preferred Home Brokers - Brea, CA
Broker-Owner,CRS,GRI,SRES, Brea,CA, Orange Co

OMG, already? Just checked out outside therm here and it's registering 48 and I'm sitting here with a sweater and socks.

Btw, cool photo, sorry for the pun.

Nov 15, 2009 03:54 PM
Jason Crouch
Austin Texas Homes, LLC - Austin, TX
Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653)

Jesse - It's supposed to get into the low 40's here tomorrow night, but I guess that will still be a balmy 80-90 degrees warmer than you have there.  Yikes!

Nov 15, 2009 04:31 PM
TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029

Jesse, better you than me. The weather was absolutely gorgeous yesterday. Raked leaves while in my shorts and tee shirt. I know, rub it in smart a$$...

Helping YOU Live YOUR American Dream...

Nov 15, 2009 08:03 PM
Paddy (Patricia) Pizappi
Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty - Pine Bush, NY
Real Estate Associate Broker Hudson Valley NY

Jesse I love you but you crazy man.... I can not imagine such cold.  Want to see your state someday but not in the winter. 

Nov 15, 2009 09:43 PM
Don Rogers
Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield - O'Fallon, MO
Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes

This old man doesn't do well at +32 degrees and was very uncomfortable in Wisconsin when winter rolled around.  I think I will let you have the experience.

Could you pass another log for the fire?

Nov 15, 2009 10:07 PM
Leesa Finley
RED Properties - Wake Forest, NC
RED Properties - Raleigh NC Real Estate

Jesse - I can't profess to know what it's like in Alaska BUT I did live in North Dakota just a few miles from the Canadian border - I remember well have to "plug the cars" in at night and quite honestly the snow mobile was the mode of choice for transporation.  I actually MISS it!!!!

Nov 15, 2009 10:46 PM
Cynthia Tilghman, Realtor® Onslow County NC Home Specialist
Kingsbridge Realty, Inc - Hubert, NC

Jesse,
All I have to say is BRRR and better you than me!

Nov 15, 2009 10:53 PM
Anonymous
Wayne Denton

Sometimes I wonder if my early memories are playing games on me and then someone like you sends along proof that I can remember some things correctly.  Thanks for sharing and I really would not mind being around to experience it again once before I depart for paradise.  I really enjoy your pictures that you share on the side.  Do you have a web site with a collection that could be made into screen savers?

Nov 16, 2009 02:39 AM
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Karen Cooper
Karen Cooper | Sr Mortgage Loan Originator ! NMLS # 223305 | First Federal Bank of Florida, Ocala, FL - The Villages, FL
Helping Homeowners w/Home Loans in 27 US States

Okay...I'll stop whining about winter temperatures now.

Nov 16, 2009 04:30 AM
Yolanda Hoversten
Self Employed - O'Fallon, IL
Referrals for O’Fallon, IL & the Metro East

Hi.  Last night the temp was 45 degrees here in SW Illinois, and I felt cold.  How do you show houses in that kind of temp you're expecting?  : ))

Nov 16, 2009 12:14 PM
Margaret Woda
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. - Crofton, MD
Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation

Your photos make Alaska look great; your narrative makes Alaska sound like a place I'd rather not be.  BRRRR.

Nov 17, 2009 07:26 AM
Mike Jones
SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) - Tucson, AZ
Mike Jones NMLS 223495

Jesse,

I remember visiting Fairbanks in February, and the snow crunched under my boots.  It seemed unusually dry for it being so cold.  Love your photography!

Mike in Tucson

Nov 17, 2009 02:59 PM
Anonymous
Anonymous

Jesse, I can't wait to visit. My Uncle Willian is hyped up and ready to see whales. :-)

Nov 23, 2009 01:29 AM
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C Tann-Starr
Tann Starr & Associates, Inc. - Palm Bay, FL

BTW, that's my Uncle William (LOL). Server bounced me out. ;-)

Nov 23, 2009 01:31 AM
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Las Vegas, NV

Jesse - I have read about these temps and have spoken to people that live in Alaska and so it begins!

Dec 04, 2009 11:23 AM
Marchel Peterson
Results Realty - Spring, TX
Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro

Jesse, Our daughter had a 30 hour layover in Anchorage yesterday.  They made the most of their 5 hours of daylight and rented a car to go sight seeing.  They ended up at some town that had 10 women to every 100 men. They stopped at a bar for a drink and she said the patrons were taking pictures of 5 gals sitting at the bar (lol). She is in Seattle today and off to Japan tomorrow.

Dec 04, 2009 01:22 PM
Kathy Toth
Ann Arbor Market Center Keller Williams - Ann Arbor, MI
Ann Arbor Real Estate Experts - Kathy Toth Team

Jesse & Kathy - I love being introduced to life in in Alaska and enjoy the snowflakes on the eyelashes.  Move to Michigan; we have a similar lifestyle but more sun! Warm Regards from hilly Ann Arbor 

Jan 01, 2010 04:56 AM
Anonymous
Butch
Never seen a bteter post! ICOCBW
Nov 15, 2011 01:27 PM
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Debra Leisek
Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska - Homer, AK

I hope you are doing well Jesse.... we miss you

Nov 17, 2017 12:56 AM