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Could this be the coldest July in history for Anchorage?

  • Author: Craig Medred
  • Updated: September 27, 2016
  • Published July 13, 2012

According to the National Weather Service, Anchorage, Alaska is experiencing record cold temperatures this month. Usually July is Anchorage's hottest month, but it's been warmer the last few days in Barrow, 800 miles to the north on Alaska's Arctic coast, than it has been in the state's largest city.

The Weather Service posted this Friday on Facebook:

By Alaska's summer standards, it's been cool in Southcentral Alaska this month and especially this week. (By Lower 48 standards, it's flat out cold). It's been so cool in Anchorage that … high temperatures have been colder than Barrow, the ninth northernmost city in the world.

On July 11, Anchorage's high was 56 degrees. A day later, it maxed out at 54. To date, Anchorage has not seen one day this month at or above the projected average high of 65-66 degrees.

Current data makes this July the coldest since 1920.

Even worse, the Weather Service doesn't seem to think that Anchorage has much of a chance of escaping the weather trend. "Another storm is expected to move toward Anchorage and southern Alaska this weekend," the weather service reported Friday.

For more information visit the Alaska National Weather Service here.

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