Alaska’s Chill Arriving in Time for Green Bay – Chicago Football Game

Photo Credit: NOAA/NWS

Photo Credit: NOAA/NWS

On Christmas morning, Chicken, AK (yes, that’s the name of the place) stood frozen in time at -58 degrees. Chicken is located in far eastern interior Alaska. According to the National Weather Service (NWS), other locales nearby were almost as cold (-40 and lower). Figure 1 (from Facebook) shows some of the frigid readings.

Greg Fishel, a TV meteorologist from Raleigh, NC, couldn’t resist the opportunity to pun, “Fowl weather indeed.”

Brian Brettschneider noted that he, “liked how the Chicken daily summary is listed as ‘Chicken COOP’ as is Chicken COOPerative Station. CQNA2 : CHICKEN COOP : -53 / -58 / 0.00 / 0.0/ 20

Well, while Alaska shivered, south Florida basked in seasonally tropical warmth. Just ask the pink flamingos, decked out in their holiday finery, shown here (Fig. 2).

All kidding aside, this air mass is already affecting the northern Plains and will be the first of the next in a series of brutal arctic invasions. Longer range computer and human projections indicate that temperatures from eastern Montana across the northern tier into New England are likely to be well below average for much, if not all, of the next two weeks (Fig. 3 and Fig. 4). Some of this cold air will spill southward, but not even close to the extent that our northern states and Canada will experience.

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