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Brutal cold and record warmth grip the western United States

If you think we’ve had a rough season here in New Zealand, it’s nothing compared to what the state of Alaska has seen.

After record snows, they now have record or near record cold.

At last report, Fairbanks was at -51 F (-46 C).  Thankfully, their winds are calm.  That means that there is no wind chill to speak of.

Yesterday, Ft. Yukon dipped down to -63 F ( -52 C).  Wind chills their were down as low as -75 F (-59 C).  Overnight lows tonight are expected to warm up a little bit.  After highs today around -30 F (-34), temperatures are expected to only drop to around -40 (both F and C).

On the flip side of the thermometer, record heat is gripping California.  Strong seasonal winds known as the Santa Ana winds sent temperatures skyrocketing.  Fullerton got up to 83 F (29 C) on Saturday.

Otherwise, aside from some High Surf Warnings in Hawai’i, the rest of the USA saw some very tranquil and seasonal weather.

Graphic courtesy of The Weather Channel/


sw on 29/01/2012 7:17pm

Yes its very cold but it is mid winter there and meant to be summer here,hopefully we get snow this winter in Auckland and settles.

Elena on 29/01/2012 10:02pm

Much as I like snow I don’t think Auckland can handle it settling as well as most of New Zealand for that matter (I know what I’m talking about, growing up in Siberia and all. It’s been -40C this past Saturday in my home town).
A flurry or two for the sake of excitement is more than enough.

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