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Winter Solstice Daylight

This year, astronomical winter starts on December 21 at 6:59 AKST.  The amount of daylight, as well as the timing of sunrise and sunset, vary considerably across the state on the shortest day of the year.  For example, locations north of the Arctic Circle will not see the sun rise …

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December in Fairbanks

While the contiguous United States experiences abnormally high temperatures this month, another round of bitterly cold temperatures is in store for the Interior of Alaska.  …

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Halloween Weather Extremes

Weather conditions on Halloweens past across Alaska have covered a wide range: from mild to bitter cold, dry to rainy (or snowy).  Below is a …

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First Snowfall Date

With winter fast approaching, one commonly asked question we get is “What is the average date of the first snowfall of the season?”  The answer …

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Denali – Mountain Weather and Climate

The world’s 3rd most prominent and 3rd most isolated mountain, Denali, in the Alaska Range, has attracted climbers since the early 20th century. Denali is known to “create …

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Climate Normals

The New Climate Normals

On May 4, 2021, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) revealed new climate normals spanning the 1991 – 2020 timeframe. These 30-year averages are …

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