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Loft printed floral skirt with chartreuse sweater, pearl necklaces, and L.K. Bennett pumps (all own)

In Alaska green-up is like switching a button, while in mid latitudes, spring slowly arrives. Sort of one species after the other. Read how springtime is in Interior Alaska. You’ll be surprised!


  1. Springtime in Alaska Can Be 40 Below
  2. Mid-latitudes vs. High Latitudes
  3. Alaska Green-Up Facts
  4. Spring Outfit Ideas
  5. References


Springtime in Alaska Can Be 40 Below

In the taiga of Alaska, the main tree types are black and white spruce, cotton-wood, alder, and birch. Obviously, not much variety as not many trees can survive winters with temperatures way below -40F (-40oC), and the low root space of the active layer. The active layer is the frozen ground that thaws during summer and refreezes in fall. The ground below that remains frozen for two or more consequent years is the permafrost.


Mid-latitudes vs. High Latitudes

In mid-latitudes, the huge variety of tree types leads to a continuous green-up with one or a few tree types at a time over the range of a month or so. On the contrary, in the taiga of Interior Alaska, the low variety of trees means that all trees green up at the same time. Consequently, you may drive to work in the morning and the trees are still bare, and on your way home in the evening everything is green. It gives you the feeling that someone had pushed a button to switch on green.


fresh leaves on trees along the "Chena River" by Jason Rossiter is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0
Fresh leaves on trees in downtown Fairbanks at the “Chena River” by Jason Rossiter is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0


Alaska Green-up Facts

On average, in Fairbanks, green-up occurs on May 4. Of course, the inter-annual variability can surprise you earlier or makes you wait for the event like a kid waits since Thanksgiving for the Christmas gifts.

You may also like to read about what Alaskans grow in their yards.


Spring Outfit Ideas

This OOTD shows you how to wear a geometric floral print skirt to work. The chartreuse of the sweater, and in the print, the white in the skirt and pearls, as well as the blue of the pumps and in the print pull the outfit together. The pumps, the style of the sweater, and the pencil cut permit wearing this outfit on Casual Friday despite of the vacation/weekend vibe of the print.


over 50 years old fashion blogger in floral printed skirt, chartreuse sweater with blazer work outfit
Outfit details: Loft printed floral skirt, Landsend chartreuse sweater, L.K. Bennett pumps, Hermes collier de chien bangle, Cartoon blazer, Jaeger tote with own pearl necklaces except for upper most Akoya saltwater pearl necklace c/o The Pearl Source


See this link for what to wear in Alaska in May.
What are your tricks to get more wear out of your wardrobe? Let me know, I am curious.




Fathauer, T., 2012. The relation of spring pollen release to weather in Fairbanks, Alaska. MS thesis, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Department of Atmospheric Sciences.

Mölders, Nicole, 2019. Outdoor Universal Thermal Comfort Index Climatology for Alaska, Atmosphere and Climate Sciences, DOI: 10.4236/acs.2019.94036

Shulski, M. and Wendler, G. 2007: The Climate of Alaska. University of Alaska Press, Fairbanks. 216 p.


Photos: G. Kramm

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