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Circle is a small town of around 100 residents, located on the Yukon River in northeastern Alaska. It's about 160 miles northeast of Fairbanks at the end of the Steese Highway. The settlement of Circle got its' name from miners in the late 19th century who believed it was on the Arctic Circle. However, the Arctic Circle is actually about 75 miles north of the town. At one time, Circle was a bustling place of 700 souls, with an opera house, several dance halls, a hospital, school, newspaper and a church. Prior to the Klondike Gold Rush of 1897, it was the largest town on the Yukon River. The town was an unloading point for supplies shipped up the Yukon River from the Bering Sea. The supplies were then sent overland to gold mining camps. After the discovery of gold in Klondike and Nome, the town of Circle lost most of its' population. Today, the town sits on the south bank of the Yukon River at the edge of the Yukon Flats National Wildlife Refuge. Every February, the town hosts a checkpoint for the Yukon Quest sled dog race. In the summertime, the town attracts nature and outdoor recreational enthusiasts, and a few people live in the town in the summer months only. Fishing, trapping and the making of handicrafts mainly supports the town.

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Circle Weather & Climate

Northeastern Alaska, just north of the Arctic Circle, has winters that are long and harsh. Summers are surprisingly warm, but short. The influence of the Arctic Ocean and the persistent sea-ice pack is felt in this region, with cold, continental arctic air. Daily minimum temperatures between November and March are usually below zero. Extended periods of minus 50 to minus 60 are common. Summer high temperatures run 65 to 72. Total annual precipitation averages 6.58 inches, with 43.4 inches of snowfall. The Yukon River is ice-free from the end of May through mid-September.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January -8°F -26°F 0.45 in. -
February 0°F -23°F 0.40 in. -
March 18°F -11°F 0.28 in. -
April 39°F 9°F 0.22 in. -
May 59°F 31°F 0.25 in. -
June 71°F 43°F 0.75 in. -
July 73°F 47°F 1.12 in. -
August 67°F 41°F 1.29 in. -
September 53°F 28°F 0.60 in. -
October 27°F 9°F 0.88 in. -
November 4°F -14°F 0.74 in. -
December -4°F -21°F 0.62 in. -

Circle Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Fort Yukon airport (FYU) located about 61 miles northwest of Circle in Fort Yukon, Alaska.

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