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Spring arrives in a flash: 55-degree temperature increase stands as one of fastest daily changes in Fairbanks history

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Posted: Friday, March 29, 2013 6:31 am | Updated: 10:14 am, Fri Mar 29, 2013.

Thursday began with temperatures in the 24-below range, typical mid-winter conditions.

But the seasons changed in record time. Winter ended and spring was in bloom by mid-afternoon. I half-expected to see dandelions, mosquitos and convertibles with the top down.

About 11 hours after the 5 a.m. chill, the reading at the airport was 31 above. The 55-degree change was  the largest from night to day in March in the "modern era" in Fairbanks, the National Weather Service says.

The warm air moved into Fairbanks from the south. The spring-like conditions are expected to continue with highs in the 30s today, continuing through Easter Sunday and into next week.

On April 3, 1944, the temperature climbed 56 degrees in one day, a record that still stands.  On March 11, 1930, there was a 54-degree rise, the weather service said.

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