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John Wheeler, WDAY, Published November 17 2012

Weather Talk: November temps in Alaska have been bitterly cold

The first half of the month of November was very cold in the city of Fairbanks, Alaska. Temperatures ran about 8 degrees below average. Five of the first 15 mornings were in the 20s below zero with another four mornings in the teens below.

The lowest was 27 below on Nov. 13. The warmest day so far in November was 22 degrees on Nov. 10, when 2 inches of snow fell, bringing the snow depth to 7 inches on the ground.

The weather this weekend has turned even colder in Fairbanks with highs near 15 below and lows near 35 below expected. The Polar Jet Stream most of this month has gone south of Alaska but north of Fargo-Moorhead.

If this pattern were to reverse so that the Polar Jet were to point this way from central Alaska, we would likely be in for some seriously cold weather.

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