City Summary Archive
Nome reported a mean monthly temperature in March of 0.5°F, a substantial negative deviation of 9.8°F from the long term mean. The warmest monthly temperature was 34°F observed on the 29thof March. It was also the only day of the month when the temperature surpassed the freezing point. The coldest temperature occurred on the 11thwith an unpleasant -25°F.
Precipitation totaled 0.33", about half of the normal value of 0.65" water-equivalent. More than half (0.18") of the monthly amount fell on one day, the 5thof March. Snowfall for the month was 6.7", 2.2" less than the long-term mean. The average wind speed for the month was light at 6.1 mph, and the highest gust observed was 36 mph on the 27thblowing from a northeasterly direction.
King Salmon reported an average temperature of 9.4°F, an astounding 14.7°F below the long-term mean of 24.1°F. The high temperature was 45°F on 29thof March, while the low temperature, a chilly -27°F occurred on the 4th. This was also a new record low for this day, surpassing the old record low of 1971 of -23°F. Two other record low days were observed in March. On the 18th, -21°F was recorded, surpassing the value of -20°F set in 1966 and on the 20thof March, -26°F was measured, where the old record low had been -21°F, set in 1966. In general, the whole month was seasonably cold, with the exception of the last week.
The precipitation total was measured as 1.12", 60% above the normal of 0.70". Accordingly, the observed snowfall (24.6") was substantially above the long-term mean of 6.4". Average wind speed was 7.2 mph and the highest gust was recorded at 39 mph on the 23rd, blowing from a southeasterly direction.
Kodiak's average temperature of 25.9°F in March was substantially below normal with a negative deviation of 6.9°F, and was colder than the previous month. With the exception of the last week, temperatures were below normal. The highest temperature measured was 46°F on the 30th, while the low temperature of 7°F occurred on the 3rd. No new temperature records were set for the month.
Monthly precipitation was measured at 3.33", 60% of the expected amount of 5.53". The total snowfall for the month was recorded as 18.1". On the 1stof the month, 5.5" of snow fell, slightly surpassing the old record of 5.0", which had been set in 1959. However, at the end of the month only 5" of snow were on the ground, due to melting, especially during the last week of March. The monthly average wind speed was calculated as 11.0 mph, and on the 11tha gust of 48 mph was recorded, blowing from a westerly direction.
InBig Delta the mean February temperature was 17.7°F, substantially higher than the temperature of Fairbanks. It is believed this is caused by the more frequent occurrences of Chinook winds, which normally bring in above seasonal temperatures. This station is situated much closer to the Alaska Range, consequently is more affected by these winds. The monthly deviation was very large with a positive value of 12.8°F. The highest monthly temperature (42°F) was observed on the 10th, while the minimum temperature (-21°F) occurred on the 4th. The maximum temperature on the 13th, 37°F, tied the old record high of 1969 for this day.
Precipitation in February was reported as 0.42" water-equivalent, 0.14" above normal.
Anchorage recorded an average temperature for February of 25.2°F, 5.0°F above the normal of 20.2°F. This is a remarkable change from January, during which the mean temperature was more than 20°F colder. The maximum temperature of the month occurred on the 9that 41°F, while a minimum temperature of 7°F was observed on the 29thof the month. The observed temperatures were below normal for the first and last days of the month, while the rest was above normal no new daily records were set.
Precipitation was reported at 1.78" water-equivalent, which is 147% above the normal value. As expected, snowfall gave similar results 27.8" were measured for the month, 155% above the normal of 10.9". On the 3rd, new daily maxima, both for precipitation and snowfall, were observed. The water-equivalent of 0.69" surpassed the old record high of 0.29 set in 2000, while the snowfall of 9.1" was higher than the previous record on 5.4" set in 1970. On 19 days at least a trace of snow fell. It is the 5thsnowiest winter in the history of Anchorage at this point. The average monthly wind speed was calculated at 5.6 mph.
InJuneau , the average temperature was 33.7°F, 3.6°F above normal for February. Despite the above normal temperature, 26 of the 29 days had minimum temperatures at the freezing point or below. The maximum temperatures for the month (48°F) occurred on the 3rdand 9thand the minimum temperature (16°F) occurred on the 26th. The temperature on the 3rdwas an absolute high for this specific day, surpassing the old record high of 1984 by 4°F. The high temperature of the 9th(48°F) also established a new record, surpassing the temperatures reached on this day in 1968 and 1963 by 1°F.
Precipitation totaled 3.10" water-equivalent, which is 1.03" below normal. The observed snowfall measured 5.2", which represents 31% of the normal value. Further, sky cover was high with 80%. Average wind speed at Juneau Airport was 8.6 mph with a peak wind gust of a substantial 56 mph on the 3rdFebruary, blowing from a southeasterly direction.
Ketchikan's average temperature of 37.1°F in February was 1.3°F above the long-term mean, a relatively small deviation. Generally, the temperature was above normal for most of the month with the exception of the last week. The highest temperature of the month measured 53°F on the 9th, while the low temperature of 24°F occurred on the 26thof the month. On the 2ndthe maximum temperature of 50°F matched the record set in 1964.
Monthly precipitation was measured at 9.32", somewhat below the normal of 10.53". The 2ndof the month had a notable 1.98" of precipitation.
Barrow reported an average temperature in February of -12.2°F, 2.0°F above normal. The beginning and end of the month had temperatures that were seasonally below normal, while the rest were above the long-term average. The maximum temperature occurred on the 6thwith 11°F, and the lowest temperature of -44°F was observed on the first day of February. No new temperature records were observed during February.
Precipitation in Barrow totaled 0.21", a low value typical for the North Slope. It was nevertheless 0.07" above normal. For the month, 6" of snow fell, more than double the normal of 2.6". The mean monthly wind speed was 10.7 mph and a gust of 32 mph occurred on the 5th, blowing from a northeasterly direction.
Nome reported a mean monthly temperature in February of 9.4°F, a positive deviation of 2.0°F from the long term mean. The warmest monthly temperature was 38°F, observed on the 8thof February, while the coldest temperature was measured on the 1stwith a frigid -39°F. New temperature minima was set on the 2nd, with a minimum of -38°F, surpassing the old minimum of -37°F, that was reached in both 1910 and 1914. The following day, the temperature dropped to ‑37°F, matching the old record from 1947.
Precipitation totaled 1.08", surpassing the expected amount by 16% of the expected amount. Snowfall for the month was 19.0", 6.8" more than the long-term mean. On the 4thof February, 9.9" of snow fell, nearly doubling the old record (5.0") for this day set way back in 1916. In addition, the associated water equivalent of 0.49" was a new record, breaking the old record of 0.44", also set in 1916. The average wind speed for the month was light with 10.9 mph, and the highest gust observed was 49 mph on the 4thblowing from an easterly direction.