Temperatures in Alaska are again making rounds in the international news, with several high and low records broken or obliterated.
The temperature at Kodiak Tide Gauge, Alaska hit 19.4 °C (67 °F) on December 26, 2021, setting a new December high temperature record for the state.
This is 11.7 °C (20 °F) higher than the previous high-temperature record of 7.7 °C (46 °F) set on December 26, 1984, according to the National Weather Service (NWS).
Kodiak Airport registered 18.3 °C (65 °F), breaking its previous monthly record by 5 °C (9 °F).
The weather balloon launched at the same time confirmed these amazing readings, NWS Alaska Region said.
Other high temperature records were set on December 26 across Bering, with Cold Bay registering 16.6 °C (62 °F), breaking its previous daily record high of 6.6 °C (44 °F) set in 1978, 1988, and 1990 by 10 °C (18 °F).
It was the warmest temperature recorded there between October 27 and May 7, so monthly records would've been set in November, January, February, March, and April.
Meanwhile, low temperatures on December 26 dipped to as low as -21.6 °C (-7 °F) with 'much of the Panhandle hovering in the single digits to teens [°F],' NWS Juneau office reported.
"A few new record lows have already been set with more maybe falling this morning," the office said on December 26.
A new daily record low temperature was set in the city of Ketchikan with -17.7 °C (0 °F) on December 26, breaking their previous record low temperature for the date of -15 °C (5 °F) set in 1917.
Their high temperature was -8.8 °C (16 °F), which is also their record cold high temperature for the date.
"The normal high is 4.4 °C (40 °F) and the normal low is 0 °C (32 °F)," said climatologist Brian Brettschneider.
Other locations also broke their daily low temperature records, with Juneau forecast office recording -21.6 °C (-7 °F), Haine#2 -18.8 °C (-2 °F), Klawock airport -16.1 °C (3 °F), Pelican -12.2 °C (10 °F), and Thorne Bay -17.7 °C (0 °F).
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