Snag, Yukon

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Coordinates: 62°23′0″N140°22′0″W / 62.38333°N 140.36667°W / 62.38333; -140.36667
Country Canada
Territory Yukon
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Time zone UTC−07:00 (MST)
Area code 867

Snag is a village located on a small, dry-weather sideroad off the Alaska Highway, 25 kilometres (16 mi) east of Beaver Creek, Yukon, Canada. The village of Snag is located in a bowl-shaped valley of the White River and its tributaries, including Snag Creek. It was first settled during the Klondike Gold Rush. An aboriginal village was also located approximately 8 kilometres (5 mi) away. It was the site of a military airfield, established as part of the Northwest Staging Route, which closed in 1968. In 1947, the village of Snag boasted a population of eight to ten First Nation people and fur traders. An additional staff of fifteen to twenty airport personnel — meteorologists, radio operators, aircraft maintenance men — lived at the airport barracks.



Snag has a subarctic climate (Köppen climate classification Dwc/Dfc) with mild summers and severely cold and long winters.

On February 3, 1947, the record-low temperature for continental North America was recorded in Snag: −63.0 °C (−81.4 °F). [1] That same winter, two previous records had already been surpassed: one in December noted various phenomena, particularly sound such as voices being heard clearly miles from their source.[ citation needed ] There was a clear sky (except for some ice fog), and little to no wind. There were 38.1 centimetres (15.0 in) of snow on the ground, but it was decreasing. Another town 180 km (112 mi) northeast of Snag, Fort Selkirk, claimed an even lower temperature of −65.0 °C (−85.0 °F), but the claim could not be confirmed. [2]

Climate data for Snag (1944-1965)
Record high °C (°F)7.8
Average high °C (°F)−20.7
Daily mean °C (°F)−25.5
Average low °C (°F)−30.8
Record low °C (°F)−60.9
Average precipitation mm (inches)12.9
Average precipitation days (≥ 1 mm)
Source: [3] Environment Canada (Extremes) [4] Meteo Climat (Average temperatures)

Disappearance of aircraft

On January 26, 1950, a Douglas C-54 Skymaster (tail number 42-72469) of the United States Air Force, with 34 service personnel, 2 civilians and a crew of 8, disappeared on a flight from Alaska to Montana. It was in the vicinity of Snag when last contact was made by radio at 17:09. [5] No wreckage or remains have ever been located. [6]

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