Daily Archives: 16 July 2016

Beating a Deadhorse

Prudhoe Bay General Store

It’s been a warm week here in Interior Alaska. 90 degrees hit Fairbanks, although I’m not sure if that was official “Airport Temperature”. It was over 90 on the roof I was replacing, let me tell ya.

How warm was it in the Far North? Deadhorse hit 85! Deadhorse!

Prudhoe Bay Hotel
This is what Deadhorse normally looks like.

Deadhorse lies at the Northern End of the “Haul Road”, or Dalton Highway if you prefer. It is just short of Prudhoe Bay and the Arctic Ocean. 85 degrees was an all time record high for Deadhorse. In fact, it was the warmest temperature ever recorded within 50 miles of Alaska’s Arctic Ocean coastline. The average temperature in Deadhorse at this time of year is 57 degrees.

Even Eagle, the little community on the Yukon River, hit 85 degrees.

I’m not complaining, mind you, even if I was hauling shingles and as wet as a good bird dog during duck season. The last time Fairbanks hit 90 degrees was in 2013. So far in 2016, Alaska’s average temperature is 9 degrees above normal.

Prudhoe Bear Warning

Even at 85 degrees, it’s good to remember that bears like to wander around Deadhorse. As well as caribou, musk oxen, etc.