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Alaska sets new wind chill record of -97 degrees

By Associated Press 10:17 AM February 16, 2014

The Brooks Range had winter weather and wind chill advisories in effect until 6 a.m. Sunday.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – The National Weather Service says a new Alaska wind chill record of -97 degrees has been set in remote Howard Pass in the Brooks Range.

The Weather Service’s Facebook page says the threshold was broken at 3:39 p.m. Friday. A temperature of -42 degrees with a sustained northern wind of 71 mph was recorded. Howard Pass is uninhabited.

Meteorologist Eddie Zingone in Anchorage said Saturday the area had wind chills of -90 or below for much of the day.

Zingone says a National Park Service sensor picked up the reading, and other nearby sensors are rare.

The agency says the previous record of -96 degrees was set in Prudhoe Bay/ARCO on Jan. 28, 1989.

The Brooks Range has winter weather and wind chill advisories in effect until 6 a.m. Sunday.

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