Public Information Statement
Statement as of 6:00 am CST on January 27, 2015
...On this date in weather history...
In 1989...January was a real Gem for Alaska as low
pressure centered over north-central Alaska continued to
funnel a siberian air mass into the last Frontier. The
horrific cold sent temperatures tumbling into a thermal
marianas trench in The Heart of the state as the small
town of Tanana plunged to a spine tingling 76 below
zero...McGrath to 74 below...and Galena to 68 below. In
fact...Tanana would remain colder than 40 below from
January 15th through the 31st...a 17 day span! Fairbanks
was also frighteningly frigid...remaining at or colder
than 30 below zero for an incredible 13 consecutive days
from the 18th to the 30th!
In 1772...the Washington and Jefferson snowstorm
occurred. George Washington reported around 3 feet of
snow in Mount Vernon while Thomas Jefferson reported
similar accumulations in Monticello.