In 1971, Alaska Plunged Into An Arctic Freeze That Makes This Year’s Winter Look Downright Mild

It’s January in Alaska, and that means the cold is at its most brutal. Cars are frozen blocks that have to be sweet talked in order to start. The roads are covered in ice fog from the frozen exhaust and the snow is frozen stiff. The sting sets in as soon as you walk outside, and quickly realize that you don’t have long to be in these temperatures without the warmest gear.

But the real sourdoughs are sitting back and chuckling at the kids these days. The winter of 1971 was a real deep freeze. The coldest temperature on record in the state was observed during the long, frigid January. This winter in comparison? Tepid.

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Do you remember the winter of 1971? Tell us about it in the comments below.