Fairbanks experiencing a longer than usual cold spell
Fairbanks is known for its cold weather, and while we haven't seen the extreme cold of past years, we have had a longer than average cold snap.
"The last time we had a temperature of above five degrees or warmer was actually on December 30. So right now actually the current high temperature for all of January is four degrees," said meteorologist Luke Culver with the National Weather Service.
He said this isn’t usual. We have currently had 27 days with a temperature below five degrees above zero. The last time we had cold for this long was in 1995 when it didn’t climb above five above for 28 days.
“The longest stretch is 49 days in 1943, and then the next longest is 35 days and the next longest is 33 days. So right now actually our forecast is going to be closer to that 33 straight days of temperatures below 5 degrees which would be like the third longest ever," Culver said.
He went on to say that the cold will continue and we may see closer to 40 days of low temperatures before it warms up.
Even though it has stayed below the five degree threshold, it isn’t the coldest temperatures Fairbanks has seen.
"It's actually the fourteenth coldest January on record so far, but it's more just the prolonged cold below normal," Culver said.
As for why the temperatures have been so freezing, he said that there has been a large cold air mass over Alaska and there hasn’t really been anything to break it up. This has left the interior colder than normal.