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Public Information Statement
Statement as of 10:28 am AKST on December 22, 2014

...Updated climate information...

...Late start to cold temperatures in Bethel...

At one minute before midnight the evening of December 21st 2014...the minimum temperature in Bethel fell to -1f. This Marks a new record for the latest date in Bethel temperatures have fallen below zero for the first time. The period of record for weather observations in Bethel extends back to 1923.

On average...Bethel will experience a minimum temperature below zero by November 14th. The previous record of the latest below zero date was December 20th 1938. The earliest date of a below zero minimum temperature was October 19th 1929.

The last date prior to December 21st that Bethel experienced a minimum temperature below zero was on March 23rd 2014. This is a total of 272 days that the minimum temperature in Bethel was above zero. This is the second longest period of consecutive days that Bethel has not had below zero minimum temperatures. The longest period of minimum temperatures above zero was 281 days in 2002. The shortest period on record is 176 days in 1976.

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