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Posted: Friday, November 2, 2012 12:07 am | Updated: 11:52 am, Mon Jan 21, 2013.


Nov. 2, 2002 — The Chena and Tanana rivers haven’t frozen. More than a foot of snow has fallen but most of it has melted. The temperature hasn’t dropped below zero yet, or even come close.

This is Fairbanks, right?

Fairbanks experienced its warmest October in 15 years and the 12th warmest October since 1904, according to records at the National Weather Service in Fairbanks.

The average temperature in October was 31.7 degrees, which was 8.2 degrees above normal. That’s still almost 7 degrees colder than October of 1923, however, which had a record average temperature of 38.3 degrees.


Nov. 2, 1987 — With the arrival of cold weather city police report a rash of thefts of cars left unattended with the engine running.

Even locking a car while it idles doesn’t help, according to Fairbanks Police Lt. Craig Forster.

“People are letting their cars run with the keys in them and the windows are being busted out,” Forster said.


Nov. 2, 1962 — Throughout the Cuban crisis interest in civil defense, an interest that seems to run “hot” and “cold,” once again reached the boiling point as state police and Civil Defense officials in Fairbanks were deluged with inquiries.

In back of many peoples’ minds there were some big questions: Just how ready to operate is our Civil Defense Agency?


Nov. 2, 1937 — Laden with firmly fleshed, freshly caught whitefish, a Pollack Flying Service ship was flown from Alatna to Fairbanks yesterday afternoon by pilot Lon Brennan.

“They were caught by the Eskimos, fishing through the ice at the junction of the Alatna and Koyukuk rivers,” Mr. Brennan said. “Since there isn’t much fur in that district, fishing is the principle source of revenue for the Eskimo community.”

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