PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FAIRBANKS AK

.A COLD JANUARY FOR JUST ABOUT ALL OF NORTHERN ALASKA…

ALL OF NORTHERN ALASKA WAS UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF A PERSISTENTLY COLD AIR MASS THIS JANUARY.

WHEN THE TEMPERATURE RECORDS GET CALCULATED AT THE END OF THE MONTH SEVERAL COMMUNITIES WILL HAVE THEIR COLDEST JANUARY ON RECORD. THE COLDEST TEMPERATURE DEPARTURES FROM NORMAL LIKELY OCCURRED ACROSS THE WESTERN INTERIOR WHERE THE SKY WAS MORE PERSISTENTLY CLEAR…WHICH ALLOWED TEMPERATURES TO REMAIN VERY LOW FOR A PROLONGED PERIOD OF TIME.

AT NOME…THIS JANUARY WILL LIKELY END UP AS THE COLDEST ON RECORD. THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF -15.4 DEGREES THROUGH YESTERDAY MAKES THIS THE COLDEST JANUARY ON RECORD. TEMPERATURE RECORDS AT NOME DATE BACK TO 1907.

AT KOTZEBUE…THIS JANUARY LOOKS TO END AS THE 2ND COLDEST SINCE 1929. THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF -21.9 DEGREES IS THE COLDEST SINCE 1934 WHEN THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE WAS -27.7 DEGREES. CONTINUOUS TEMPERATURE RECORDS AT KOTZEBUE DATE BACK TO 1929.

AT BARROW…THIS JANUARY IS EXPECTED TO END UP AS THE COLDEST SINCE 1990 WITH AN AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF -20.1 DEGREES THROUGH YESTERDAY. THE MONTH WILL NOT END UP AS ONE OF THE TOP TEN COLDEST. CONTINUOUS RECORDS AT BARROW DATE BACK TO 1921.

AT GALENA…THIS JANUARY WILL BE THE COLDEST ON RECORD. THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF -33.5 DEGREES THROUGH YESTERDAY WILL EASILY ENSURE THAT THIS JANUARY SURPASS THE -31.4 DEGREES THAT WAS OBSERVED IN 1971. WEATHER RECORDS AT GALENA DATE BACK TO 1942.

AT BETTLES…THIS JANUARY WILL END UP AS THE COLDEST ON RECORD. THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF -35 DEGREES THROUGH YESTERDAY WILL SURPASS THE OLD RECORD OF -34 DEGREES ALSO IN 1971. THE RECORDS AT BETTLES DATE BACK TO 1951.

AT FAIRBANKS…THIS JANUARY WILL LIKELY GO DOWN IN THE RECORD BOOKS AS THE 5TH COLDEST ON RECORD WITH AN AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF -26.8 DEGREES. TEMPERATURE DATA AT FAIRBANKS DATES BACK TO 1904. (colder in 1906, 1934, 1969, 1971)

and don’t forget about the 20 feet of snow in Nome where the National Guard was called in to help dig out. It seems like all the worst Winter for the U.S. is in Alaska. That usually means the lower 48 will are warmer. We have a negative AO now though so the cold will break loose further South from the Arctic. Some of that cold and snow is now Europe where it was mild before as well. With the block forming up over Alaska and Western Canada the cold could come into the Eastern U.S. next. Will it come West from there towards the end of February?

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