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Fairbanks Weather Facts

Alaska may be known for its harsh winter climate, but Fairbanksans prefer to think of their  wonderful summers, and enjoy them to the fullest while they can. And many of us revel in snow and winter sports!

Interior temperatures range from 65 degrees below zero in the winter to 90 degrees above in the summer. Gardening is big in the Interior. But when speaking of all Alaska, as of 2010, the highest air temperature recorded in Alaska was 100 degrees F at Fort Yukon in 1915. The lowest temperature, -80 degrees F, was recorded at Prospect Creek Camp in 1971.

Just to give you a taste of winter weather, here is the weather records for each day in January, 2010, as recorded at the airport.

Fairbanks International Airport January 2010:
Day Extremes
Highest Max: Lowest Max: Highest Min: Lowest Min: Highest Pcpn: Highest Snow:
1 41 1937 -50 1969 26 1937 -60 1969 0.47 1916 5.0 1916
2 35 1981 -53 1969 17 1968 -61 1969 0.22 1907 6.0 1961
3 29 1968 -45 1975 10 1924 -57 1969 0.22 1950 5.8 1973
4 40 1977 -51 1975 24 1977 -56 1975 0.35 1907 6.0 1938
5 33 1960 -52 1975 19 2005 -57 1975 0.35 1907 4.2 2005
6 34 1934 -52 1975 27 2005 -57 1975 0.29 1993 5.8 1993
7 33 1944 -48 1906 27 1937 -55 1975 0.43 1916 7.5 1916
8 40 1930 -45 1952 20 1944 -53 1952 0.38 1960 6.0 1960
9 40 2002 -52 1906 30 1927 -56 1952 0.75 1907 7.5 1907
10 40 1937 -50 1952 32 1937 -56 1952 0.31 1937 3.6 1960
11 37 1940 -54 1906 18 1947 -59 1906 1.01 1937 9.6 1940
12 39 1984 -51 1934 24 1984 -56 1934 0.40 1963 5.6 1963
13 34 1917 -56 1934 15 1993 -65 1934 0.75 1993 10.1 1993
14 44 2009 -54 1934 15 1993 -66 1934 0.21 2005 3.4 1937
15 50 1981 -56 1934 33 1981 -64 1934 0.75 1906 7.5 1906
16 52 2009 -48 1951 27 2009 -58 1934 0.32 1933 4.5 1929
17 48 2009 -50 1947 20 1981 -57 1947 0.33 2000 4.0 2008
18 38 2001 -58 1906 20 1929 -61 1906 0.87 1937 8.6 2000
19 42 1981 -56 1906 22 2009 -64 1906 1.01 1937 15.5 1937
20 45 1961 -57 1906 26 1929 -65 1906 1.33 1937 10.5 1937
21 47 1961 -57 1906 29 1937 -61 1906 0.53 1929 8.2 1933
22 37 2008 -48 1951 19 1922 -60 1906 0.30 1963 4.1 1963
23 39 1981 -51 1906 18 1923 -60 1906 0.39 1950 6.8 1950
24 46 1977 -49 1934 23 1950 -60 1911 0.27 1937 3.0 1937
25 45 1991 -54 1971 22 1981 -62 1911 0.29 1968 4.2 1968
26 39 1991 -48 1971 19 1977 -60 1934 0.56 1968 9.4 1968
27 39 1945 -46 1971 23 1981 -58 1933 0.42 1975 8.2 1975
28 42 1945 -47 1933 28 1957 -60 1933 0.51 1991 8.3 1991
29 35 1994 -47 1947 31 1957 -58 1933 0.23 1934 4.0 1973
30 38 1985 -45 1947 27 1981 -56 1947 0.34 1979 5.5 1979
31 42 1940 -36 1947 20 1985 -52 1911 0.48 1932 5.9 1932
Month 29 1981 -29 1906 8 1981 -44 1906 6.71 1937 65.6 1937

2002

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January 18, 2002

Residents woke Thursday to find it had been raining - three-hundredths of an inch of rain as recorded at the Fairbanks International Airport. It spread a layer of ice on car windshields, but caused even more havoc on road surfaces. Drivers began losing the battle as reports of rollovers, collision, and stranded vehicles filled the media.  By the 25th of the month, state Department of Transportation was experimenting with a costly deicer; attempting to make the roads less slick.

The National Weather Service was unable to list the last time Fairbanks saw rain in January. The rain was a result of warm maritime air pushed across the Alaska Range from the south Bering Sea and north Pacific Ocean.

January is generally considered to be the coldest month of the year in Fairbanks. But by the 18th, the average temperature was 19 degrees above the average temperature of 10 below. As of 2002, the warmest January on record in Fairbanks was 1937, with an average temperature of 16.5 degrees.

2001

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2000-2001 was the second warmest winter ever recorded for Fairbanks up to that time.

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As of 2001, 5/4/01 was the third snowiest day ever in May (3.2 inches of snow) since the National Weather Service began keeping records in 1904. 

#1 on the list was 9.4 inches recorded on 5/12/1992. Second place went to May 13, 1964 when the recorded dump was 4.5 inches.

The city of Fairbanks spent two weeks sweeping up the gravel they had spread on slippery streets last winter, only to have to put it all back Friday! The 3.2 inches of snow also made the month of May 2001 the fourth snowiest month since 1904. The snowiest May award goes to May 1992, when 14.1 inches fell between May 12 and May 16. At least one downhill ski area was able to reopen that time! Average snowfall for May is ˝ inch.

Clean-Up Day

Held usually in May, Clean-up Day sees thousands of volunteers participate every year. United Way distributes bright yellow bags for it (like around 61 cases). 

The volunteers pick up trash along roadsides and public areas beginning at 8 a.m., and trucks come by to collect the filled bags beginning about 2 p.m. There are boundaries set (for example, in 2001 they collected the bags only within these boundaries: north to Fox, south to South Cushman Street, east to Salcha, and west to Ester.) Volunteers collecting outside those boundaries were asked to deliver their own bags to the nearest borough dump station and to not just leave them alongside the road.

Alaska Temperature Records

As noted above, as of 2010, the highest air temperature recorded in Alaska was 100 degrees F at Fort Yukon in 1915. The lowest temperature, -80 degrees F, was recorded at Prospect Creek Camp in 1971.

Month by Month

January: Usually thought of as the coldest month (but see story above!.) Mushers begin racing their dogs.

February: Yukon Quest, more dog sled races

March: Still good Aurora Viewing. Many think of this month as the beginning of spring. We celebrate with an Ice Art Festival.

April: Not a month for rain showers, but there might be snow. We begin to see some road traffic now, but roads can still be hazardous.

May: Gardeners are definitely thinking about spring by now, and preparing to plant June 1. You have to look quickly, though, for Spring is short. If you live in a northern state, you might want to take a look at the Alaska Gardening Guide, Alaska Vegetables for Northern Climates. Usually in May is the "Great Cleanup" when all Fairbanks turns out to help clean up roadsides (see notes above).

June: Tourist season is well under way. The summer solstice this month inspires lots of Midnight Sun Events.

July: Height of the tourist season. Golden Days (celebration of discovery of gold in Fairbanks) and the World Eskimo-Indian Olympics.

August: Season beginning to wind down, but still very busy, especially during the Tanana Valley State Fair. Fall - another very short season here.

September: If you plan to visit in September, be sure to read our special September page. Many of the tourist attractions will close after Labor Day.

Actually, anyone visiting between September and May should check out our September page, as it lists attractions that stay open year 'round.

October: This month is politics, as the city and borough hold their elections.

November: More politics in years when there are state elections. There are some tourist attractions that are open year round (see that special September page). Thanksgiving.

December: Home owners and business vie with lighting displays this month. Christmas. Some nice Auroral displays can be seen in December.

You might enjoy looking at the Arctic Cam now and then, to see the changing weather in downtown Fairbanks. If you are planning a trip, you may want to try this webpage.

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