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“It’s cold even by Alaska Standards,” says reader Chuck Clancy.

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FAIRBANKS AK … MON MAY 13 2013

…RECORD LOW TEMPERATURES BROKEN ACROSS INTERIOR ALASKA…

A COLD ARCTIC AIR MASS OVER NORTHERN ALASKA RESULTED IN A HANDFUL OF RECORD LOWS THIS MORNING. TEMPERATURES DROPPED BELOW ZERO IN THE BROOKS RANGE AND INTO THE TEENS AND 20S OVER THE REMAINDER OF THE INTERIOR. WINDS GUSTING OVER 25 MPH IN THE BROOKS RANGE PASSES ALSO  RESULTED IN WIND CHILLS APPROACHING 30 BELOW ZERO.

IN ADDITION TO NEW RECORD LOW TEMPERATURES THIS MORNING…SOME OCATIONS ARE EXPECTED TO TIE OR BREAK RECORD COLD MAXIMUM EMPERATURES THIS AFTERNOON.

TEMPERATURES ACROSS MUCH OF THE INTERIOR WILL ONLY CLIMB INTO THE 30S THIS LATER TODAY…ALTHOUGH SOME AREAS IN THE NORTHERN INTERIOR WILL EMAIN IN THE 20S. NORMAL HIGHS FOR TODAY ARE IN THE 50S AND LOWER 60S.

BELOW IS A SUMMARY OF LOW TEMPERATURES REPORTED THIS MORNING. ONLY  LONG TERM STATIONS WITH A SUFFICIENT PERIOD OF RECORD HAVE BEEN IDENTIFIED IF A RECORD LOW WAS BROKEN.

KILLIK PASS…………….6 BELOW
ATIGUN PASS…………….5 BELOW
NORUTAK LAKE……………2 BELOW
CHANDALAR SHELF DOT……..2 ABOVE
BETTLES……………….10 ABOVE* (OLD RECORD 20 IN 2007)
AMBLER………………..12 ABOVE
HUSLIA………………..12 ABOVE
RUBY………………….13 ABOVE
LAKE MINCHUMINA COOP……15 ABOVE
TANANA………………..16 ABOVE
GALENA………………..17 ABOVE
FORT YUKON…………….18 ABOVE
NENANA………………..19 ABOVE
COLLEGE OBSERVATORY…….22 ABOVE* (TIE RECORD 22 IN 1954)
FAIRBANKS AIRPORT………22 ABOVE* (OLD RECORD 26 IN 1938)
EIELSON AFB……………22 ABOVE* (OLD RECORD 26 IN 1965)

* INDICATES NEW RECORD LOW TEMPERATURE

I don’t know why this report had to say a “handful” of  record lows. Maybe in order to keep us from understanding how wide an area this entails?

http://pafg.arh.noaa.gov/wmofcst.php?wmo=NOAK49PAFG&type=public

Thanks to Chuck Clancy for this link

 

 

11 Responses to Record low temperatures across interior Alaska

  1. TomO says:

    I agree with your assessment about the “handful” of record lows. Not only that, 16 tied or record lows – only from the sites with a long term record – seem not a handful, but that qualifier says without saying that there were plenty more besides. And the difference between “normal” and these records, well, they do appear to be substantial, wouldn’t you say? Oh well, when the warmists all move to the South Pacific with the hope that the vastness of the ocean around them will help keep their butts warm, they’ll think fondly of the wide open spaces that they used to live in, in the frigid north.

  2. qfrealist says:

    I wish the USA would end it constant use of ‘frigin hite’ and use scientific Centigrade.

    • TomO says:

      I wish people were more tolerant. I can convert between the two with out much thought, so what’s your problem? It doesn’t bother me to see centigrade so why whine about an alternative? If we want to be scientific, lets all convert to the idiocy of absolute instead.

    • Ron Greer says:

      I agree and love that term ‘Frigin hite’

    • John Knowles says:

      Sadly,the USA will be history before that happens. Classically,when there is rapid cooling people continue operating in “good times” mode. Right now we need to adjust our economic paradigm.
      At least the notion of changing climate is already out there even if it is back-to-front.

  3. eco-geek says:

    And it is snowing in Devon in the UK today! Devon is in the far South West warmed by the Atlantic and so snow laying just two weeks before June is astonishing. Here is the far SE (UK) it is quite balmy and after a cold start to spring the oil seed rape is 3 feet high and the wheat is growing fast with lots of sun over the past few weeks with a little welcome rain at times. Perfect growing weather for a change.

  4. eco-geek says:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-devon-22536139

    Sorry this link should be with the above post….

  5. Jack Hydrazine says:

    Are we really in May? Britain hit by SNOW as 65mph winds sweep across the country and a month’s worth of rain falls in just 24 hours

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2324803/UK-weather-Snow-falls-amid-65mph-winds-town-gets-month-rain-just-24-hours.html

  6. Mark says:

    I forward a comment from a resident of the White Mountains north of Fairbanks, dated 6 May:

    “We only saw one moose and she was in pretty bad condition, from all the deep snow still hanging in and no new feed. She was very pregnant and skinny as could be. I don’t think this is going to be a good year for wildlife, birds or animals. All the migratory birds are here and nothing to eat. No open water for the waterfowl, either. We saw one very small open lead in a bend of the river and many ducks fighting over it.”

  7. F. Guimaraes says:

    How nice is this, looks like Alaska is really the “canary in the coal mine” in terms of world climate!:-)

    “…Scientists say Alaska is like a canary in a coal mine, foreshadowing the types of changes we can expect for the rest of the world…”
    http://www.pbs.org/saf/1404/segments/1404-1.htm

    and here,
    “Unprecedented Ice Conditions In Alaska”
    Posted on April 27, 2013 by stevengoddard

    https://stevengoddard.wordpress.com/2013/04/27/unprecedented-ice-conditions-in-alaska/

  8. Jack Hydrazine says:

    As Alaska river ice holds, Nenana Ice Classic may be headed for a record
    http://www.alaskadispatch.com/article/20130515/alaska-river-ice-holds-nenana-ice-classic-may-be-headed-record


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