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It's mid-December and the coldest temperature Mother Nature has delivered to Anchorage so far this winter is 13 degrees.  And the lowest daytime high is 24 degrees -- scorching by Alaska standards. 

Brian Brettschneider
The University of Alaska Fairbanks' Geophysical Institute is predicting increased auroral activity, with overhead displays for much of the state Friday and Saturday. Much of the state will be under cloud cover for most of that period, however, according to National Weather Service forecasts.Alaska Dispatch News
Forecasters said a low pressure system moving across the Gulf of Alaska will push warm, moist air into the region and generate a powerful blizzard over Juneau, Petersburg, Wrangell and Hyder. Devin Kelly
The winter blast that buried Buffalo this week found reporters reaching for the record books to describe the snowstorm. But a record set in Alaska in 1963 has yet to claim top honors as the biggest snow day in U.S. history.Dermot Cole
Unseasonably high temperatures across Alaska have raised concerns about flooding, early river breakup and now, the Western Arctic Caribou Herd.Jillian Rogers | The Arctic Sounder
With the worst over on Saturday, worries about damage and displacement were giving way to the amazement at the sheer size and scope of the storm, which stretched nearly 2,000 miles over the Bering Sea and the far western Aleutians. Devin Kelly
Forecasters said an “exceptionally strong storm” formed from the remnants of Japan’s Typhoon Nuri struck the open Bering Sea, far away from population centers.Devin Kelly
Fishing boats are heading into Dutch Harbor and cargo ships are veering farther out to sea to avoid a major storm expected to blow across the Bering Sea and slam the far reaches of Western Alaska starting as early as Thursday night.Lisa Demer
Super Typhoon Nuri could reach the western Aleutians by Friday and become the biggest Bering Sea storm "in a very long time," says the National Weather Service. Megan Edge
Avalanche dangers and closures at Turnagain Pass have been a cause of frustration for backcountry enthusiasts. The area was still closed to snowmachiners Tuesday, and a recent storm has made skiing and snowboarding more dangerous. Megan Edge