Well, this pretty much sucks.
Not in AK but it applies when considering how our weather changes.
I know my kid has always looked at me funny when I put a small pack on for a hike on the hillside. I tell her that its like insurance: I hope to never need to use it, but if I do need it, then I'll have it. After being stuck on shore waiting out a wind storm last August she now understands the importance of basic gear to spend the night.