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Alaska, Antarctica excluded from extreme cold data

FROM TODAY'S PRINT EDITIONS:

Ella Wilkerson, in Owings Mills, asks if the national temperature extremes reported next to my mug shot include Alaska and Hawaii: “I have never seen Alaska with the lowest temperature. I find it hard to believe … since it includes land above the Arctic Circle.” Good call, Ella. They don’t. The “National Extremes” are for the contiguous 48 states only, and the “World Extremes” exclude Antarctica. If it were otherwise, we’d see Alaska there all winter, and Amundsen-Scott Station all summer.  
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