12/16/2014 09:27 am ET Updated Feb 15, 2015

Anchorage's Persistent Warm Weather so Far This Winter May Be Record Setting

Know that squeaky sound snow makes on cold days when you walk on it? That sound has not been heard much in Anchorage this winter.

That's because the sound only occurs when the temperature is lower than 14 degrees Fahrenheit.

How about the sensation of ice forming in your nostrils when breathing in cold air? That happens when the temperature is approximately 5 degrees or colder.

But so far this winter, the lowest temperature at Ted Stevens International Airport in Anchorage came Saturday morning when the mercury briefly dipped to 13 degrees. While warm winters are nothing new to Anchorage, even warm winters have cold spells. Not this year. Never before have we gone this late in the season without at least a brief period of significantly colder weather. Since 1916, every year has seen a temperature of 7 degrees or colder by Dec. 15. In fact, Anchorage normally has eight sub-zero days by this date.