When It's Springtime in Alaska (It's Forty Below)
"When It's Springtime in Alaska (It's Forty Below)" is a 1959 single by Johnny Horton. The single was Johnny Horton's sixth release on the country chart and the first of three number ones on the country chart. The single spent twenty-three weeks on the chart. The song was a marginally successful crossover, reaching #85 on the Music Vendor Pop Top 100.
The song takes place in Fairbanks in the springtime and the temperature outside is -40°F (-40°C). The coldest 1/4 of the year in Fairbanks ends in late February, so that's when spring starts according to temperature. In real life, afternoon temperatures in early spring average around 14°F (-10°F) and morning temperatures average around -11°F (-24°C). While it may uncommon to have -40°F (-40°C) weather in the springtime, it's not impossible. Temperatures as low as -41°F (-41°C) have been recorded as late as March 17. However, no temperatures of -40°F (-40°C) have been recorded in the astronomical spring (past the Vernal Equinox).
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