Record Cold in Alaska – updated

September 29th, 2010 at 12:33 am by under Bill's Blog, Weather

<–Barrow,  Alaska – where they already have 3″ 0f snow on the ground.  At Barrow, they’ve had light snowfall nine days in a row.    Northway, Alaska also reports 2″ of snow on the ground.  I’ve been on record for several months saying this winter was going to be colder than last winter over Alaska and a good portion of Canada (and warmer from Texas to Florida and up at least as far as Washington, D.C.) and that the cold would start early…and it has.  Get a load of these low temperatures in September:  -11°F near Beaver Village, -10° near Chalkyitsik.  Chicken, Alaska was -5°.  Bettles reached ZERO on Monday, tying the coldest temperature ever recorded there in September.  Eielson AFB near Fairbanks was +3°, and that was the coldest temperature they have ever had in any September (the average low for Fairbanks now is 28°).  Daily records were set at Eagle (0°),  Gulkana (3°), King Salmon (17°) and Cold Bay (31°).   St. Paul Is. reported a north wind at 33 mph with gusts to 46.  Juneau (named for Joe Juneau, an occasionally drunk miner) had a cold rain and an east wind at 28 mph with gusts to 38 mph as I write this.  Enjoy the mild air while we’ve got it.  The Alaska cold is going to meet the southern warmth over the Great Lakes this winter.  The fun should start in November.

36 Responses to “Record Cold in Alaska – updated”

  1. Mary says:

    Strikes terror in my heart!!

  2. Ams says:

    Brrr! Thanks for the blogs today Bill! Good reads.

  3. ChessPlayer-Allegan Joe says:

    The…”fun”…should start in November..??..this soundz like trouble brewing :-(

  4. Dan says:

    Snow Storms on the horizon for November or Lake Effect Snows?

    1. Irish coffee says:

      BOTH!!! ;-0

  5. Keith Haley says:

    Does this mean we will have tornadoes etc in our area where cold air hits warm air etc… ?

  6. Keith Haley says:

    Another question it looks like we are about a month ahead on things especially with the trees and weather.. am I imaging things ?

  7. fixxxer says:

    i still say temp wise were about 2-3 weeks ahead of ourselves here. i see snow happening in mid-late october. can we have those 90′s back now please?

    this is going to be a brutal winter, i can tell.

    1. Brad says:

      Grand Rapids +1.3F for the month. So, fixxxer, what do you mean by the temperatures being “2-3 weeks ahead of ourselves here?”

      I see snow not happening in mid-late October :-) . We’ll see.

      1. Bill S. says:

        I remember getting 8″ of snow in late October 1996? and losing power for 9 days because of all the leaves that were left on the trees bringing branches down.

        1. Irish coffee says:

          Oct 26th ’97

        2. gina says:

          I remember that…had to go to the hospital!

  8. John says:

    just keep the ice storms away and bring back spring in Feb

    1. Beth says:

      I don’t think the fruit farmers want to see spring in Feb. but late March sounds good!

  9. Azil says:

    I am SO HOPING we do get some snow in Nov and even more in Dec. I am SO SICK of warm and / or rain for the holidays!!!! We always get a huge storm mid Dec. then nothing til after Christmas :( I am okay with an early spring, just PLEASE can we have a white holiday season!!!!

    1. Brad says:

      I looked through the F6 data and it is interesting to note we had several years recently (2002, 2003, 2004, 2006) with essentially no snow between Christmas and January 1, but this was not the case for the last three years, at least in Grand Rapids.

      1. Azil says:

        I am a college student and I know the last 2 winters we would always get snow around finals week (mid December) and a lot of it, but then nothing (accumulative) til after… last Christmas it rained all day on Christmas day, then just after midnight, snow, and I swear it didn’t stop for weeks… But seriously… I want a white Thanksgiving thru New Year’s… then it can do whatever it wants :)

  10. slimjim (NW GR) says:

    If the cold to the north meets up with the warm to the south we could get some big November wind storms. Also there could be some warm days then some cold days.
    September will go down in the books and a near average month temp wise (around a +1.3)and a little dryer then average although not all the much below average because the so call average now includes the very wet September of 1986. It should be noted that it will be the coolest September sense 2006.
    But being above average that means we now have had 11 months in a row of above average temps so we are over due for several months of below average temps heading into fall and winter. So hang on to your hats.
    SlimJim

    1. Irish coffee says:

      Weather doesn’t keep track, so-to-speak, but you are correct in asserting that even ‘persistence’ has to ‘break’ at some point……

  11. Joyce says:

    We were in Alaska 2 years ago this month and next. It was an absolutely beautiful fall up there. Saw Mt.McKinley every time we looked out. Glad we when then, not now.

  12. Jean Firstmate (S Portland) says:

    I think Bill is right cold and bring on the Snow!! The acorns are big and in huge amounts, catapillers are big and bushy, the squirels have bushy tails. Sunday I seen early flight ducks(from UP and Canada). And Monday when I came home for lunch the Propane guy was here topping off our pig. BRING ON THE SNOW!!!! Just let me get the leaves off the front yard so I can get my Christmas decorations up before Thanksgiving.

    1. Azil says:

      I agree 100% Let it snow!!!! (p.s. we put our decorations up the 1st weekend in November…)

  13. Jim S. says:

    Been awhile since we had a late Oct. early Nov. snow. I do recall the Oct 97 snow that knocked out power everywhere since the leaves were still on the trees and the wet snow snapped power lines. I think Nov of 95(?), I recall a couple of snow storms and even Nov. of 96 (first week?).

    1. Azil says:

      I remember, and it doesn’t seem like it was too long ago, maybe 5-6 years ago? Anyway, I remember there was a horrible snow storm on Thanksgiving day, it was really bad, but then not a flake in sight come Christmas!

  14. P.Wang says:

    Well this is good for the polar bears and sea lions, they have been complaining about the ice not being there and the sea lions have to sit on the beach crushing each other… I was hoping global warming would take care of all of this cold rubbish…(sarcasim)….

  15. Soccer6713 says:

    Alaska can just keep that weather please & thank you!

  16. Laker says:

    Joe Juneau? Also a former hockey player who played a long time for the Capitals and Bruins.

  17. Irish coffee says:

    ..also, Chicken AK recorded a ‘brisk’ -5 & Denali -4!! CAN’T WAIT!!!!!!
    INDY:FIRE UP WOODSTOVE BUDDY!! SPRITES AND NORTHERN LIGHTS!!!

  18. Dave says:

    Let it SNOW ,Let it SNOW !!!! Come on WINTER!!!!

  19. Yup (Grandville) says:

    Ariens snow blower is in the garage and I am ready for whatever mother nature throws at me!

  20. gina says:

    Love the updates, we have family up in the great white north and this info will be helpful, thanks, Bill!

  21. gina says:

    bring on the cold and snow….we are ready!

  22. Nate says:

    WOW WOW WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I guess then for the rifle hunting season I will be wearing every single article of clothing that I could possibly ever own. Are we going to be getting alot of snow storms here in Central Michigan??????? I love the snow storms!!!!!

  23. Gerry Wilber says:

    Hi Bill,

    Just what does the winter look like for the central Michigan area this year?? I enjoy your blogs very much. Gerry

  24. Bob says:

    Predictive linguistics has this winter as a cold one but next year will be brutal due to volcanism.. This may have legs due to the increase in earthquakes and active volcanos. There are 17 volcanos on alert in Indonesia alone right now.

  25. Al Gore says:

    Uh oh….

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