Imagine waking up to a wind chill colder than minus 90 degrees. That happened Monday morning at one place in Alaska.
The lowest actual temperature – not wind chill – ever recorded in Alaska is minus 80 degrees. That was documented by a weather observer at Prospect Creek Camp on the morning of Jan. 23, 1971. The high temperature later that day reached a balmy minus 64 degrees.
Put another way, it felt colder Monday morning at Howard Pass than any temperature ever recorded in Alaska's history.
Although the Howard Pass area is considered uninhabited, indigenous people have occupied the region for thousands of years.