Utqiagvik - Coldest Decades

The coldest decades on record are ranked here for Utqiagvik, Alaska, previously called Barrow. This is the northernmost weather station in the United States, sitting far above the Arctic Circle at 71.3° North latitude. The lists include decades when Utqiagvik had the lowest average temperatures and the most cold days. These extremes are for temperatures observed at the Wiley Post—Will Rogers Memorial Airport in Utqiagvik and cover nine decades, from the 1930s to the 2010s.

That is when Utqiagvik had weather measurements that are consistent and complete enough to compare decades. Each decade comprises a standard 10-year range. For instance, the 1990s includes measurements from Jan 1, 1990 to Dec 31, 1999. Links to the data behind these lists are in the References section on this page.

Coolest High Temperatures

Average daily maximum temperature at Utqiagvik
High °F Decade High °C
Lowest 14.2 1970s -9.9
Runner-up 14.5 1960s -9.7

Coldest Low Temperatures

Average daily minimum temperature at Utqiagvik
Low °F Decade Low °C
Lowest 3.7 1960s -15.7
Runner-up 3.8 1950s -15.7

Most Freezing Days

Total days per year on average when Utqiagvik had temperatures of 32 °F (0 °C) or lower
Days Decade
Highest 328 1960s
Runner-up 325 1940s

Most Really Cold Days

Total days per year on average when Utqiagvik had temperatures of 0 °F (-18 °C) or lower
Days Decade
Highest 173 1980s, 1970s
Runner-up 170 1960s

Current Results. 2020. Utqiagvik AK Temperature Averages by Decade

Jay Lawrimore, Ron Ray, Scott Applequist, Bryant Korzeniewski, Matthew Menne. 2016. Global Summary of the Year, Version 1.0. NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information.

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