Fairbanks has fantastic weather. The light-filled summers are close to perfect. The temperature hovers around 70 and it is dry, not humid. The rain comes and goes and when the clouds part, the sun beams down and brings an abundance of life to gardens, flowerpots, surrounding hills, valleys and fields. The midnight sun’s intensity lasts much longer than the summer sun in the lower 48. The sun sustains its strength well into the evening hours and a 6pm. sun feels the same as a 1pm sun in places closer to the equator. And sunrises and sunsets seem to last forever. The sun lingers near the horizon–rising and setting – radiating an uncommon celestial light for hours.
Winters are cooler but because it is a still, dry cold it is easily manageable with the appropriate clothing. Another interesting characteristic of Interior Alaska weather is the wide temperature changes in a short period of time, particularly during winter months. It is common for the temperature to go from a toasty 25 above during the middle of a winter day to a chilly 35 below at night. Another interesting phenomenon is how quickly people adjust to the cold. After a cold spell, people shed parkas for jackets having become more resistant to winter temperatures. In the spring time with snow still on the ground and temperatures hovering in the teens and twenties, people are known to forgo jackets and even don shorts and t-shirts as they go about daily activities.