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12/29/2014 09:21 am ET Updated Feb 28, 2015

2014 May Be Anchorage, Alaska's First Year Ever With No Below-zero Temps

With just a few days left in 2014, it's all but certain that this year will go down in history as the first recorded calendar year that the temperature never officially dipped below zero in Anchorage, the National Weather Service said Sunday.

The last time the official temperature in Alaska's largest city read below zero was Dec. 26, 2013, according to National Weather Service records.

Not a single day in 2014 has dipped into negative temperatures, though meteorologists did record a reading of zero degrees, the year's lowest, on Feb. 11, said NWS meteorologist Mike Ottenweller.

That would make 2014 the first calendar year -- from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 -- since the NWS started keeping data on the subject in 1952 that didn't include a single day with a recorded low temperature below zero in Anchorage.

"It's strange to think about it," Ottenweller said. "Because you're basically spanning two winters."

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