2019 was the warmest March on record

As reported by the National Weather Service, March 2019 was the warmest on record in Fairbanks::

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Temperatures reached 52 deg F at the airport on the day the Sonot Kkaazoot was held. This graph from the Alaska Climate Research Center show just how warm March was:

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So there were extreme weather conditions leading to this year’s shortened course.