The small community of Bettles is the only active, long-term climate observation site in the northern Interior. In July, the average temperature was 64.4°F (18.0°C) in Bettles, making this the warmest July and warmest calendar month of record. The previous warmest month was July 2007, when the average temperature was 64.0°F (17.8°C). Climate observations have been made in the Bettles area since 1944. The Alaska Dispatch noted that Bettles was one of "3 Interior Alaska towns [that] just had their warmest month on record."