Fairbanks can experience temperature extremes from below -60 degrees F in winter to above 90 degrees F in summer. Precipitation is typically minimal.
Fairbanks gets anywhere from four hours to 22 hours of sunlight every day. Each year, daylight increases by approximately seven minutes per day until June 21, then decreases by the same amount until December 21.
The northern lights, or aurora borealis, can be seen from the city during clear nights. The colored lights are most frequently seen between the middle of September and the middle of April.
At 20,320 feet, Mount McKinley is the tallest mountain in North America and can be seen from Fairbanks.
Beavers, falcons and foxes are typically seen in the city, but caribou, bison and moose sometimes wander in as well.