Prepare For The Matanuska Wind

Real Estate Agent with Valley Market Real Estate

The Matanuska Wind is challenging to all of us in the Mat-Su Valley. We had a couple of doozies so far this winter. I stopped at a local coffee stand this morning and they told me that their wind meter has sustained gusts lasting for up to ten minutes that were over 100MPH in the last wind storm.

That’s a serious wind. In fact I think that is the storm that toppled a semi truck on the Parks Highway in Wasilla.

The short video clip below was taken in the calm after the storm…just showing the damage to a siding of a house and the fence at the neighboring house. Both of these houses are currently for sale. Notice that the fence is not just knocked over…the fence boards are completely gone…somewhere in the woods downwind I suppose.

We have to think about the wind when we build around here. If your builder doesn’t put your roof on right you may lose not only your shingles but your whole roof as well. Your downwind neighbors won’t be happy when they see ten foot long pieces of metal roofing flying through the air at them. Your siding needs to be attached as if it can withstand hurricane force winds…because it surely be tested to that level. Your asphalt roofing should be tabbed down so that the wind cannot get under the shingles and rip them off.

But it’s something we all live with...all of us except the few that live in the protected wind shadow between Maud and Smith roads anyway. If you want to know more about the Matanuska wind check out this video that I shot last year…it shows where the wind blows and where it doesn’t.

If you want to work with someone who really knows the valley. Give me a call or write a note from our contact button. My cell number is 907-232-7900. My brother Jay and I have lived here in the Mat-Su Valley for more than 40 years, and I have been a full-time Realtor for 20 of those years. The valley is our home and we like to help valley people buy and sell valley property.

Comments (1)

Carolyn DeYoung
Signature Alaska Real Estate - Wasilla, AK
Realtor/Property Manager
Well the wind has been challenging to say the least this winter. I have a new 4 letter word to ad to the bad list....It's name is wind. Other than that it is a wonderful place to live!
Mar 10, 2011 12:23 PM