Holy %$#$%$ Cold !

OK, I know what you're thinking. Who cares about the cold in Alaska...it's always cold. And yes, you are right...but it's not usually this cold! Check out these stats for Fairbanks, Alaska...
THE LOW TEMPERATURE SO FAR TODAY AT THE FAIRBANKS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT HAS BEEN 44 BELOW. THIS MARKS THE 16TH DAY THIS JANUARY WITH A LOW TEMPERATURE OF 40 BELOW OR LOWER. THIS IS THE GREATESTNUMBER OF 40 BELOW DAYS IN JANUARY SINCE 1971 WHEN 21 SUCH DAYS WERE OBSERVED. SINCE 1906 THERE HAVE ONLY BEEN THREE YEARS
(1906...1934 AND 1971) WITH MORE 40 BELOW DAYS DURING THE MONTH OF JANUARY. IF ONE LOOKS AT THE WINTER AS A WHOLE...THERE HAVE ONLY BEEN 4 MONTHS THAT HAVE HAD MORE 40 BELOW DAYS.
 JANUARY 1906.....21
 JANUARY 1971.....21
 DECEMBER 1917....20
 JANUARY 1934.....20
 JANUARY 2012.....16*
 FEBRUARY 1932....16
 JANUARY 1969.....16
 JANUARY 1947.....16
* THROUGH JANUARY 30TH
SO FAR THIS WINTER THERE HAVE BEEN 17 DAYS WITH A LOW TEMPERATURE OF 40 BELOW OR LOWER WITH THE ONLY OTHER 40 BELOW DAY OCCURRING DURING THE EARLY COLD SNAP PRIOR TO THANKSGIVING. IN THE LAST 30 YEARS THIS IS THE 3RD GREATEST NUMBER OF 40 BELOW DAYS DURING A
 WINTER. IN 2007-2008 THERE WERE A TOTAL OF 18...AND IN THE WINTER OF 1988-1989 THERE WERE A TOTAL OF 19. ON AVERAGE...THERE ARE SEVEN DAYS DURING THE WINTER WITH A LOW TEMPERATURE OF 40 BELOW OR LOWER.
YESTERDAY WAS THE 2ND DAY IN A ROW WITH A TEMPERATURE OF 50 BELOW OR LOWER...AND THE FIRST TIME THERE HAVE BEEN BACK TO BACK 50 BELOW DAYS SINCE 1999. DURING MOST WINTERS THERE ARE NO 50 BELOW DAYS OBSERVED AT THE AIRPORT. DURING THE PAST 30 YEARS THERE HAVE BEEN 7 WINTERS WHEN AT LEAST ONE 50 BELOW DAY WAS OBSERVED AT THE AIRPORT OR ABOUT ONCE EVERY 4 YEARS.
Thanks to the NWS in Fairbanks for the stats. I'd watch out too, because that cold air has to move somewhere eventually... could it be headed to the lower 48? Time will only tell...
-Damon

PS- And if you ever wanted to know what happens to hot coffee at 50 below zero...check out this link:
Coffee and -50 Temperatures
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