I frequently get the question what to wear in Alaska in February. Well, it depends on the weather. This post provides answers on what to wear in Interior Alaska in February for various weather and dressing situations.
- What Is the Weather in Interior Alaska in February?
- Weather vs. Climate
- What to Pack When Visiting Interior Alaska in February
- Outfit Ideas What to Wear in Interior Alaska in February
- Top of the World Style Linkup No. 345
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What Is the Weather in Interior Alaska in February?
Under high pressure conditions, nights are still very cold with temperatures in the -30F (-34.4oC, while the northward moving Sun leads to longer daylight hours and stronger insolation than in January. Consequently, temperature rises during the day to more pleasant conditions despite there is still some degree of cold stress even when you dressed appropriately. Nevertheless, wearing the right clothes permits enjoying a dog-sled ride, cross-country skiing, a short walk with or without dog(s) or snowmachining around local noon.
On the contrary, under low pressure, the increase in wind and humidity mean that it feels much colder and unpleasant than the temperatures actually are. This means despite you dress appropriately for the weather your thermal comfort is less than under high pressure conditions. Actually, the temperatures are often higher than under high pressure condition, but you feel much colder and uncomfortable when a frontal system comes thru. Moisture and wind are creepy and hard to dress for. Thus, in the Interior, people fear wind more than 40 below.
Weather vs. Climate
Climate is the 30 years mean of the temperature, wind, humidity and pressure condition of a particulate hour, day, month or year at a given place. It’s the mean over the weather conditions of the past 30 years, i.e. the likelihood that the climatological conditions are met exactly on a particulate day or in a particular month are low. Climate only reflect the range of conditions to expect. In other wordsClimate is what you wish for, weather is what you get. #wx #Alaska Click To Tweet
The time series of minimum and maximum temperatures show exemplary that during the diurnal course and the course of the month temperatures can differ strongly from the mean. It also illustrates that temperatures can differ strongly from one day to the other.
What to Pack When Visiting Interior Alaska in February
Due to the high range of potential weather conditions, you are best of packing pieces for layering. Go for clothes that color coordinate well, and are suitable to create cozy layered looks, but also to be worn alone with just long underwear underneath. You can find how to create stylish cold wet weather outfits in the guide at the link.
Regarding your footwear, insulative insole are a Must. You don’t want to learn how to avoid cold feet at frigid temperatures the hard way.
When you come to see the aurora, see this post on what to pack for watching the aurora.
When you come for business the looks below work when the dress code is business casual. After already, four months of snow, everyone likes to see a pop of color. Thus, you can get away with bold colors in your outfit even at a work meeting or when going out for lunch or dinner with your business partners.
The next outfit works under humid conditions with long underwear and outerwear that is not filled with downs, for instance a shearling coat. The second look works on a sunny, dry, cold day with a down coat as outerwear. You can find what to look for in a down coat at the link.
Outfit Ideas What to Wear in Interior Alaska in February
The following photos show outfits I wore this February under various weather conditions. You may notice that my layering is more substantial when you see a gray background in photos taken outside than in those with blue skies. Gray skies mean moist, humid and sometimes combined with wind. Blue skies indicate dry, cold calm or no wind continental conditions. Photos taken indoor mean that it either was too dark or thermally too uncomfortable to take photos outside.
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This Post Has 11 Comments
So interesting Nicole, when we Brits talk about the cold we know nothing !!!! Thanks for hosting.
The challenges of living in such a cold climate amaze me.
Your February outfits look amazing! We visited Alaska in June of 2019 and the weather was beautiful!
Many people get disappointed when visiting us here in Florida in February. They do not realize that we get winter temps which are much cooler than they are expecting.
And, thank you so much for featuring me this week! What a nice surprise!
Jill – Doused in Pink
You win! I’ll stop complaining about how cold it is here! These are great outfits! You always look so cozy chic!
Jill – Doused in Pink
I love how much you color you keep in your winter wardrobe, Nicole! It brightens up the cold snowy winter days! We have been experiencing lots of days below -30 and it has made me just want to stay in pajamas and not leave my house! Thankfully, I have the luxury to do that! Thanks so much for the feature this week!
So cold but I would still LOVE to visit Alaska! Fab outfit choices to keep warm!! Loving that green one for March. 🙂
The climate in alaska is a lot cooler, so you have to keep yourself more warm when you visit alaska. The outfits that you have shared with us in this article are very pretty and will definately keep us warm in alaska climate. Thank you for sharing it with us. Keep sharing more such articles with us.
Oh Dear, that is so cold. I want to visit Alaska someday, but I’m not sure that I can live there long term. Your snowy pictures look beautiful, though. You amaze me how you can stay warm and stylish at the same time. You don’t compromise. Thank you for sharing this post with My Red Carpet.
You’re very brave living in such an unforgiving climate!! Thank you for sharing your interesting outfits and for your intelligent analysis of your weather conditions, Nicole – I’d love to meet for a nice drink if ever we’re in Alaska!!
You had us at ‘climatological conditions’! (insert heart emoji here). Only you can make camouflage booties and floral print parkas work wonderfully, am truly loving your fashion choices and your vast scientific acumen! Thanks for the lesson in environmental sciences and fashion sense!