I just visited wasilla and loved the quaint town feeling. I would like to be able to speak with you further since I am seriously considering a move to Wasilla.<quoted text>
The Mat-Su Valley winds will kill anyone not respecting them. If one doubts them...then so be it. To ignor them is stupidity, and to deny they exist is making yourself a liar.
I have given above the average temperatures in Jan. in the Mat-Su valley of being 5 to -30F, then you add in the wind chill factor by using a wind chill chart.(I also gave a link to a wind chill chart.)
If you lived in the area and never experienced the wind chill factor, then I can only say you are either a liar or you slept thru the winter winds or you work in the real estate business which encourages everyone to come to live there and real estate agents never lie (as they will tell you).
I remembered the 1989 Iditaroid race, so I referenced a newspaper article of the race:
'IDITAROD "89 THE FIRST DAY IS A TOUGH ONE'; Anchorage Daily News, March 5, 1989;
Article:... But some predict a fast race. Martin Buser of Big Lake pulled away from his truck with this farewell to his baby son, Nikolai: "I'll see you in 10 days. The high winds that whipped through Anchorage and the MatSu Valley for two days were expected to remain strong, with gusts to 50 mph. The National Weather Service forecast a (minus)-70 windchill along the Alaska Range.
Former Yukon Quest International champ Bill Cotter had a sled that looked perfect for windy conditions. Instead of a sled bag with a zipper on top, Cotter had a black and red bulletshaped compartment with a removable panel.
And, for any doubters, I asked a librarian if she knew what date that the schools closed due to the winds blowing thru the Mat-Su valley hard:
"Most Mat-Su schools stay closed for second day in a row"; Anchorage Daily News, January 9th, 2004, page B2;
" High winds led to the closure of schools in the Mat-Su Borough for the second day Thursday, though by midday the ferocity of the gales whipping down the Matanuska River Valley was starting to subside. Winds gusting up to 90 mph plagued Mat-Su residents Wednesday"
So...to answer your question I gave you a couple of dates to look into. Just a few dates, but rememberable to me and most others above the age of 21 (or an 'old fart like myself).
It is the wind chill factor that I say to one to stay away from the Mat-Su Valley area, unless they are prepared to face it. Live in the Anchorage area instead. For the lady above asking about where to stay in Alaska, I still say the Anchorage area is best for her...stay away from Mat-Su Valley...the wind chill will kill one or a small baby unless you are totally prepared.