Bettles, Alaska, hasn’t climbed above zero degrees in nearly 10 days. Sunday’s high temperature was minus-47. And at minus-56 this morning, the quiet community of roughly a dozen year-round residents set a daily record low — one that rivals the average winter temperatures on the surface of Mars.
Bettles is not alone. Much of Alaska’s interior and far north are enduring lows of 35 to 55 degrees below zero. During the daytime, it doesn’t get much better. Highs of around minus-40 are pretty common.
Fairbanks, meanwhile, was forecast to “warm” into the minus-20s on Friday, with a chance of snow flurries and freezing fog.