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Now that's cold
January 30, 2012 - Ron Deuter
While we bask in the relative warmth of a milder than average winter here in the lower 48, our friends in Alaska and northern Canada have been enduring one of the coldest winters on record.
Just how cold?
Well, over the weekend at the official weather reporting station in the town of Jim River, Alaska, the temperature dropped to minus 79 degrees Fahrenheit — yes Fahrenheit — before the the official reporting computer stopped sending temperature data.
Apparently the battery in the device tracking the temperature and other conditions simply went dead.
The all-time record for low temperature in the United States is minus 80, set in Alaska in 1971.
Whether not Jim River hit the mark that night might never be known. But I can't say I blame the guy who was supposed to go out and check the batteries.
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