Average annual snowfall here in Anchorage, located in "southcentral" (spelled locally as all one word), is around 65". That's not much, by some standards, but we frequently get more than that. Two years back, we had the heaviest snow since records have been kept - since 1915 - at about 149", officially. Here at my place, we measured as carefully as we could, and came up with 165".
The header picture, by the way, is the northern end of Anchorage. We're surrounded on almost all sides by mountain ranges. The Chugach Mountains, shown there, form the east side of town.
What does Anchorage look like, all up close and personal-like? Glad you asked.
|Downtown, looking east|
|Lake Hood in summertime - the world's busiest floatplane base|
|A typical Anchorage neighborhood in winter|
|Chilkoot Charlie's, an old-time (and somewhat notorious) bar|
|The Glacier Brewhouse, a good eatery in downtown Anchorage|
|A graphic of southcentral Alaska, showing the general area & mountains - with luck, this one will enlarge greatly to show detail. Feel free to click!|
|Typical living accommodations - nearly 50% of Anchorage residents live in rental housing, and another 25% in condos.|
The reader asked what time we turn on the Northern Light (snerk! - and yes, I know he was kidding). Truth is, they're often visible, but can't be seen in summertime because it doesn't get dark enough.
Average temps in July and August are daytime highs of 65, and ... well, here:
It's not unusual in January to have a week or more of temps below -20° F. at night. The coldest we've experienced in the last 10 years was -27°, during a cold snap that lasted about three weeks. Of course, by the third day I wasn't zipping up my parka, because it just didn't feel that cold. Our climate is rather dry, most of the time, and this part of Alaska actually qualifies as a sub-arctic desert, according to a guy at the Nat'l Weather Service who was interviewed on local TV some years ago.
Oh yes - if you ever visit Anchorage, be sure to visit the downtown visitors' center: