COLD SNAP: It’s -51 Degrees In Fairbanks, Alaska

Weather forecasters expected Fairbanks, Alaska to get cold, but not this cold.

Temperatures in Fairbanks hit -51 degrees Fahrenheit Wednesday. That’s much colder than forecasts predicted.

Air flowing from the Arctic combined with calm winds and clear skies to create the perfect conditions for a deep freeze. Forecasters didn’t predict Alaska’s interior regions would get as cold as this.

Dr. Ryan Maue, a meteorologist at WeatherBell Analytics, noted:

Source: Dr. Ryan Maue, WeatherBell Analytics

The National Weather Service issued special statements Wednesday morning for Alaska’s interior warning of temperatures ranging from 40 to 50 degrees below zero. Temperatures in the hills and coasts would be slightly warming — -20 degrees.

Alaska Dispatch News reported temperatures were “47 below in Fairbanks, 49 below at Fort Wainwright, 51 below at Eielson Air Force Base and Nenana, and 54 below in Tanana. In the east, lows ranged from 44 below in Ambler and Shungnak to 45 below in Galena, 47 below in Kaltag and 51 below in McGrath, Huslia and Nikolai.”

And this isn’t even the coldest it’s gotten in Alaska.

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    Rhee

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    Someone please tell me that pic above was Photoshopped… yikes

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      ccdeditor

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      It’s the real deal and college tradition.

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    juan carlos mirre gavalda

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    FREEZING BRITAIN: Sub-zero temperatures and frosts to plunge UK to -7C

    CHILL winds are set to sweep across Britain in the coming days bringing sub-zero temperatures and overnight frosts.

    By NATHAN RAO
    PUBLISHED: 00:00, Wed, Jan 18, 2017 | UPDATED: 15:26, Wed, Jan 18, 2017

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    Mjw

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    It got down to 28f in Melbourne once and Darwin plummeted to 56.6f in the winter of 1891.

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