How does this date compare to other seasons? It is actually later than the long term average. Last year was the latest on record but the 1st of October is more typical. Figure 2 shows the date of the first occurrence of sub-zero temperatures in Alaska since 1950. Data extends prior to 1950 but due to the sparsity of stations, statewide assessments are difficult to make.
Finally, the area around the Brooks Range is a common location for the first sub-zero temperature to be measured. Figure 3 shows the location of the season's first sub-zero observation since 1950, If a tie occurred, the station with the lowest temperature was mapped.
Figure 1. Low temperatures in the western interior on the morning of October 7, 2014. Data courtesy of the University of Utah's Mesowest site.
Figure 2. Date of first sub-zero reading in Alaska from 1950-2014. Values obtained from GHCN v.3 and GSOD.
Figure 3. Location of first sub-zero reading of season between 1950 and 2014. If more than one station was below zero on a date, the lowest reading was selected.