What Do Locals Do?

Discussion in 'Alaska' started by DC808, Jun 1, 2013.

  1. DC808

    DC808 n00b

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    I'll be showing up at D2D and then spending about three weeks in Alaska. I'll be coming up the ALCAN.

    Started looking at weather and road conditions in BC, YT and AK on the internet and was wondering what residents use to keep up with local conditions?

    Seems to be a lot of options, looking for long range weather and weather trends all the way down to current conditions on the Top of the World Highway.

    Thanks,
    DC
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  2. OneTraveller

    OneTraveller Social Reject

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    This isn't the lower 48. Weather forecasting is a very inexact science up here. Pack good rain gear and ride regardless.

    Of course, I can sit on my couch and still be in Alaska :D

    wunderground.com or NOAA.

    Mike
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  3. KHud

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    They often get wet and cold.
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  4. ThatGuy

    ThatGuy Brownie Supporter

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    We wake up and look outside. We can't stop enjoying summer due to weather and just adapt. If we waited for great weather, summer will fly by.
    Agree with bringing rain gear and layer up.
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  5. Solarmoose

    Solarmoose electric Supporter

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    and we like it that way


    I look at NOAA, my wife looks at wunderground and then we use the average :rofl

    Weather radars are few and far between and cover very small areas so
    current conditions and forecast are only generally useful.
    In Canada I use weather.gc.ca Probably a few more options but most do
    like I do, look at the sky and go regardless of the weather, especially in the
    summer.

    Winter is a different ball game in terms of prep, but I suspect most do the
    same as summer and not let weather stop being out side.

    I was riding south in late May '97 and we stopped at a lodge on the alcan
    for a cup of hot something and to dry a bit as we'd had heavy rain for the
    past 100 miles or so, and in comes a guy in a harley side hack rig with wife
    and daughter on board. None were appropriately dressed for rain and high
    40's temps and they looked miserable. I felt sorry for 'em but decent gear
    makes all the difference.

    May you have good weather for your travels.
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  6. Bones_GSXR

    Bones_GSXR Will ride anything

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    I look outside and dress accordingly:D
    spent the last week cooking on the range teaching, last week it was snowing???
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  7. crashmaster

    crashmaster ow, my balls!

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    This was Girdwood less than 2 weeks ago. Melted pretty quick though with a week and a half of sun and temps in the 60's. Longest stretch of nice weather I have seen in a while. We will pay for that with 2 straight months of rain and temps in the 40's, no doubt. :lol3

    NOAA is probably the best site as it takes into account the various micro climates, but more than 24 hours out, its still a crap shoot.

    Just ignore all weather forecasts pertaining to Alaska and go prepared for 40 degree temps and continuous cold rain and you wont be disappointed.

    [​IMG]
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  8. Beezer

    Beezer Long timer Supporter

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    we just go anyway

    dress for 55 degrees.... plus/minus 25.
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  9. friar mike

    friar mike IronButtGruver

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    Why do you think were pissed off most of the time.:bluduh If were not were on the GOOD drugs:tb
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  10. J3D

    J3D Adventurer

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    Farmers almanac says this summer will be a hot one. We'll see.....
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