Record early winter season cold in Alaska

Much of interior Alaska experienced record-setting early winter season cold temperatures during the middle of November 2011. Frigid temperatures are not uncommon in Alaska this time of year, but the brutal cold currently gripping Fairbanks has reached a historical status according to AccuWeather.

Saturday marked the fifth consecutive day that temperatures dipped to or past 35 below zero in Fairbanks.  Never before since record-keeping began in 1904 has Fairbanks endured such a streak so early in the winter season. The previous record was only two consecutive days in 1989. The coldest morning so far this month in Fairbanks was Thursday with a low of 41 below zero. The last time Fairbanks recorded a November temperature reading of 40 below zero or colder was back in 1994. A high of 9 above zero and a low of 9 below zero is more common in Fairbanks this time of year.

It is not just the overnights that have been brutally cold, but also the daytime hours. High temperatures during the last four days were held to 20 below zero or colder, a streak that for this time of year breaks the record of three days from 1989. The high of 23 below zero on Saturday was itself record-breaking, marking the day's coldest high temperature ever registered. The previous record was 22 below zero from 1911.


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