For those living in Europe, I think a little perspective might be
helpful regarding Alaska. Anchorage is just about the same latitude as
Oslo, Stockholm, Helsinki, and St Petersburg. So the winter and summer
sunlight patterns will be the same. Also, just like those cities,
temperatures are somewhat moderated by the ocean. The primary
difference is that Anchorage is on the "dry side" of the mountains, so
we don't really get all that much snow. It only takes a few minutes of
driving to change that situation, though, as a drive down the Seward
Highway will take you into a completely opposite weather situation.
Far north? Yes, but it gets much more north than here.
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