When the weather gets this frigid people like to see just how cold it is by comparing it to some other place cold. So just how cold is Missouri right now, at least West Central Missouri?

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It's going to be colder than Anchorage, Alaska from Saturday, January 13 through Tuesday, January 16.

According to Visit Anchorage, "Anchorage’s mild climate may come as a surprise. The city is farther south than Reykjavik and 400 miles from the Arctic Circle. Summertime regularly sees temperatures in the low 70s (20s C). In winter, high temps in the mid-20s (about -5 C) keep plenty of snow on the ground."

Looking at the forecast for Anchorage via Weatherology it's easy to get jealous of their temperatures. The coldest daytime temperature predicted there is for next Thursday when it will be 18. Sunday's forecast for Anchorage is one we'd kill for. Cloudy and 31. The National Weather Service out of Kansas City had some fun comparing our temperature to that of Anchorages on Facebook:

National Weather Service Kansas CIty
National Weather Service Kansas City

Since Visit Anchorage seemed to point the finger at Reykjavik Iceland as being a much colder experience I decided to check out their forecast via Weather.com. As far as temperatures go, I'd rather be there tonight dealing with their low of 28. Of course, they are dealing with freezing rain, so that's not good. And they'll be dealing with some nasty temperatures later next week. Wednesday and Thursday they're dealing with a high of eight. And it will only be 14 next Friday.

Visit Anchorage's advice for dealing with their winter weather where temperatures hover in the mid-20s with plenty of snow on the ground: Layers. "Factors like wind or sun exposure will impact how warm or cold you feel, regardless of the temperature. Layers like thermal leggings, thermal undershirts and wool socks make a huge impact on comfort. While winter days are shorter, even the shortest winter days still have more than 7 hours of functional daylight."

Whether you're heading to the Chiefs game, or just need to be outside over the next several days, layers are a good idea.

I think I'm going to cocoon in my home and maybe see about booking a trip to Anchorage for July. With highs around 70 in the summer, it might just be the perfect escape from Missouri's summer heat and humidity. Fast forward six months, and you just know we'll be complaining about the heat.

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