Saturday, December 31, 2011

Bummer: -56F (and not expected to warm up for at least a week) in the most-warming region of one of the fastest-warming places on Earth

Fairbanks Daily News-Miner - 2012 will bring a cold start to the new year in Interior Alaska

FAIRBANKS — When the door to the Tanana Commercial Company store freezes shut, Cynthia Erickson knows it’s getting cold. On Friday morning, the door was frozen shut.

“It was 56 below this morning on my thermometer,” Erickson said by phone from the village of Tanana, 200 miles east of Fairbanks. “Now I have to put an old blanket in front of the door to keep it from freezing.”

A cold air mass combined with clear skies produced some of the coldest temperatures of the year in the western Interior on Friday, and it’s not expected to warm up for at least a week, according to the National Weather Service.
“The 50s below will be the rule for Tanana west,” meteorologist Rick Thoman at the weather service in Fairbanks said. “Some villages might push 60 below. It’s a cold enough air mass to do that.”

Interior Alaska: Subsistence hunting in a warming world | UCAR & NCAR Staff Notes

Alaska is among the fastest-warming places on Earth, with its interior region warming the most statewide.

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