Early frost cools Interior Alaska

Posted: Friday, August 14, 2009

FAIRBANKS - Cold air from the northwest Arctic combined with clear skies and calm winds will bring an early frost to Interior Alaska.

The low temperature at Fairbanks International Airport was 35 Wednesday, but National Weather Service forecaster Matthew Kidwell said lows dropped below freezing in some places.

Only one record was set - the overnight low at Eielson Air Force Base was two degrees cooler than the old record of 32 set in 1969.

The freezing temperatures had farmers scrambling. Faith Minnema of Big M Family Farm near Nenana said frost covers helped save the vegetable crops, but unprotected flowers were not so lucky.

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