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Fairbanks (147.644W 64.826N) was the center of the road network for central Alaska and the location of the Air Corp's northernmost Pacific base, at Ladd Field. Located just south of the Arctic Circle, Fairbanks was an ideal test site for cold-weather equipment, which was its principal military activity during the war. The climate was trying, with a cool summer and frigid winter in which temperatures sometimes did not rise above 0° Fahrenheit for weeks at a time.
Temperatures: Jan -2/-20, Apr 42/17, Jul 72/48, Oct 35/18, record 99/-66
Rainfall: Jan 10/0.9, Apr 4/0.3, Jul 13/1.9, Oct 11/0.8 == 11.7" per annum
Pearce and Smith (1990)
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