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High Wind Watch
Statement as of 4:59 AM AKST on December 22, 2014

...High wind watch in effect from Tuesday morning through Tuesday evening...

The National Weather Service in Anchorage has issued a high wind watch...which is in effect from Tuesday morning through Tuesday evening.

* Wind...west 50 to 60 mph with possible gusts to 75 mph.

* Timing...winds will increase by late Tuesday morning and continue through early Tuesday evening before slowly diminishing by late Tuesday evening.

* Impacts...any travel may be difficult. Loose debris can be moved and damage property.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

A high wind watch means there is the potential for a hazardous high wind event. People are encouraged to closely monitor this weather situation. Preparation for this potentially dangerous weather event should begin now.

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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