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Fairbanks, Alaska Goes Above Zero for First Time in Almost 3 Weeks

15 Dec 2016, 9:23 pm

Much of the Untied States is locked into its coldest air mass in several years, but if you want to feel a little better about it, look no further than our 49th state.

Fairbanks, Alaska hit 2° on Thursday, making it the first time so far this December that the city has been above zero degrees Fahrenheit. In fact, for Fairbanks, that 2° reading made it the first time since November 27th – nearly three weeks – that it got above zero.

Even for Fairbanks’ loftily cold standards, this is unusually cold. The city’s seen temperatures as low as -36° this month (on December 4th), and those prolonged below zero temperatures are very unusual, even into the early winter months.

Located deep in the heart of Alaska’s subarctic forest, Fairbanks is one of the coldest cities on earth, although very short summers here can feature temperatures as high as 90°-plus. Average highs in Fairbanks are below freezing for six months a year, and in January, average highs top out at just 1°. Temperatures as low as -66° Fahrenheit (-54° Celsius) have been recorded in the city of about 32,000 people.

That said, the forecast for Alaska’s second-largest city is downright balmy over the next few days. Temperatures stay above Fairbanks’ average high of 4° over the next week, with even a high of 20° in the cards for Sunday!

Break out the bathing suits.

For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Chris Bianchi

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