Record Warmth in Interior and Northern Alaska
The synoptic conditions during the last few days in September and early October gave the perfect conditions for record warmth in interior and northern Alaska. A deep low pressure system moving north through western Alaska and a high over the Yukon Territory in Canada gave rise to strong, southerly surface winds for central Alaska. This pattern set up a chinook event with downsloping winds coming off the Alaska Range. These chinook events that occur during the autumn and winter are known for bringing well above normal temperatures along with strong, gusty winds. Much of the state was under a high wind warning for a period of several days during this event.

Along with record setting temperatures for the four day period of 9/30 to 10/3, there were also several all time records broken for the month of October. An observing station at Dry Creek, located in the Interior west of Dot Lake, reported a high temperature of 76°F on October 2nd. This is a statewide all time record high for October. Previously, the record was held by Kodiak and set October 4, 1929.
New all time October records (°F):
76
75
75
75
74
73
72
70
70
69
68
66
63
57
57
55
50
50
Dry Creek
Chalkytsik
Eielson AFB
Nenana
Delta Junction
Fort Yukon
Fairbanks
Healy
Livengood
Eagle
Northway
Tanana
Minchumina
Anaktuvuk Pass
Bettles
Barter Island
Arctic Village
Deadhorse
Record high temperatures across the state, 9/30 to 10/3 (°F):
9/30
Old (Year)
10/1
Old (Year)
10/2
Old (Year)
10/3
Old (Year)
Fairbanks
71
65 (1942)
72
64 (1979)
70
64 (1935)
Delta Junction
66
60 (1959)
71
62 (1979)
74
57 (1988)
65
57 (1988)
Big Delta
66
60 (1959)
71
62 (1979)
74
57 (1988)
Eagle
66
66 (1959)
69
58 (1929)
71
68 (1902)
68
58 (1950)
Eielson AFB
70
61 (1959)
72
63 (1979)
75
59 (1979)
Healy
64
58 (1984)
66
59 (1984)
70
56 (1988)
0
0
Tanana
59
57 (1966)
66
54 (1969)
60
51 (1991)
Fort Yukon
61
51 (1967)
63
52 (1958)
73
52 (1950)
52
50 (1950)
Bettles
56
53 (1966)
57
50 (1991)
Northway
0
0
62
59 (1984)
68
55 (1984)
55 tie
55 (1979)
McKinley Park
66
58 (1979)
Deadhorse
0
0
0
0
50
45 (1991)
Galena
52
50 (1979)
Barter Island
0
0
0
0
0
0
53
43 (1977)
Bettles
51
48 (1991)
Chalkytsik
0
0
0
0
0
0
75
59 (1976)
Nenana
75
64 (1923)
Arctic Village
0
0
50
36 (1962)
0
0
0
0
Livengood
70
62 (1938)
Minchumina
0
0
0
0
0
0
63
58 (1979)
Anaktuvuk Pass
57
46 (1966)
Data courtesy of the National Weather Service.
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