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Public Information Statement
Statement as of 11:24 am AKST on December 21, 2014

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

As of midnight December 20th...minimum temperatures in Bethel have yet to fall below 0f this season. This Marks the latest date in the period of record for weather observations in Bethel that minimum temperatures have yet to fall below zero. 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 recorded date of a below zero minimum temperature was October 19th 1929.

The last date that Bethel had a minimum temperature below zero was on March 23rd 2014. Temperatures are forecast to fall below zero later today. If this does occur...this will be the second longest period on record that Bethel has not had a minimum temperature below zero degrees. The longest period of minimum temperatures above zero in Bethel was 281 days in 2002. The shortest on record is 176 days in 1976.

This statement will be updated on Monday December 22nd with updated climatological data through midnight December 21st.

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