Alaska Basks in Warm Temps As Nation Shivers
Dateline: Anchorage - 2 January 2018
Date: 01/03/2018 01:08 AM
Anchorage, Alaska - 2 January 2018
1. Various of ice skaters at Westchester Lagoon in Anchorage, Alaska
2. SOUNDBITE, Patricia Bierer, Visiting from Montana:
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"I am from the Bitterroot Valley in Montana, and it's colder there today than it is here in Alaska. And my children that are there are jealous because I've got 40 degree temperatures here."
3. Man running outside with sleeves rolled up
4. SOUNDBITE, Patricia Bierer, Visiting from Montana:
"I expected to come up here and freeze to death all winter. I'm heading home in the spring. And I hoped I lived through the winter. And now it's like, Hey! This is great."
5. Various of ice skaters
6. SOUNDBITE, Patricia Bierer, Visiting from Montana:
"It's nice to be out in the fresh air and looking at the mountains and the sky. It's beautiful here."
7. Various of people enjoying warm weather
8. SOUNDBITE: Ashley Durst, Anchorage Resident:
"I guess for January it's pretty unusual. Usually it can be like negative 30 around this time of the year, January, February time frame. This is a little warm right now."
9. Various of kids playing on frozen lake
10. SOUNDBITE: Ashley Durst, Anchorage Resident:
"No, I just think maybe it's time they get their little taste of it for awhile."
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While a large part of the county is freezing under Alaska-like conditions, parts of the nation's northernmost state were basking in balmy conditions Tuesday.
The official temperature tied a record 44 degrees in Anchorage, set in 1981 and 2011. Some parts of Anchorage had temperatures closer to 50 degrees.
The National Weather Service says it's about twice as warm as the normal high of 24 degrees thanks to high and low pressures working to push tropical air to the north.
The warm weather won't last long for Alaskans, temperatures are expected to drop Tuesday night.