Climate

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The Fairbanks area has drastic and beautiful climate.

The climate in the Fairbanks area is classified as subarctic. The subarctic is a region in the Northern Hemisphere south of the true Arctic where regions fall between 50°N and 70°N latitude depending on local climates. Fairbanks has long cold winters and short warm summers. October through January are the snowiest months of the year when snow then becomes limited during February to May. Summers are short but beautiful and offer a wide range of outdoor activities. The mosquito is the biggest nuisance in the summer months and is jokingly considered the state bird of Alaska.

These widely varying temperature extremes are due to three main factors: temperature inversions, daylight, and wind direction. When temperature inversions occur in the winter months heavy ice fog is possible and can be dangerous.

Fairbanks is one of the most popular destinations to observe the Northern Lights. Prime viewing time is in the dead of winter when weather is the coldest and the nights are dark.

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