Sep 13, 09, 2:56 pm
We are celebrating our 10th the end of September. We were married on a ferry in 25 - 30 ft. seas so we need another adventure, maybe not quite as much as before. Never been to Western Alaska. How are things at the end of September.
Sep 13, 09, 3:54 pm
How are things? Well, for weather, I took a look at the National Weather Service site for Fairbanks, where they have climate records for a number of places, including Barrow and Nome. It looks like average temperatures in late September are in the 30s.
When I was in Barrow in 2008, being the weather geek that I am, I asked our guide for the polar bear trip when snow usually starts staying on the ground. He said sometime in October.
Here's the NWS Fairbanks site if interested:
Other than weather, September is often a favorable time for watching the northern lights.
I have been thinking about a trip to Barrow this month or next but my contact in Barrow said that they haven't seen polar bears there for at least 3 weeks. Apparently the government is collaring and tagging some of them and are using helicopters to come in so the bears are hard to find. Maybe in a few weeks but he said he had no idea how long it would last.
Unfortunately most tourist things close down early to mid September in most Alaska towns.