The coldest location in the State of Alaska today was Anaktuvuk Pass (low temperature of 9°F). Looking at an entire year, I thought it would be interesting to see which station recorded the daily low temperature the most times. The first map below shows each station that recorded a statewide daily low temperature in 2012 and the count of days that the station was the state's low. In total, 72 stations recorded the daily, statewide low temperature for a calendar day. If more that one station recorded the statewide low, each station earned a tally. Therefore, even though 2012 had 366 days, adding up all the numbers on the map yields a grand total of 468. Rick communicated to me via e-mail that FAA data are not archived at NCDC (i.e., Anaktuvuk Pass, Arctic Village, etc.), so this map should be taken with a grain of salt. Also, cooperative stations usually take their temperature measurements at 7 a.m. so there is often a time of day confound. As you can see from the map, there is a concentration in the central and southeastern Interior. Remember that this map is for the entire year. The second map below shows the September 2012 daily low stations. Who can guess the station that was both the September and the annual winner for 2012?
There are companion maps for summer but I'll save those for another day.