In Fairbanks the average March temperature was 4.5°F, a substantial 6.9°F below the long term mean. Furthermore, the mean temperature was colder in March than in February, a relatively infrequent occurrence. The high temperature for the month was 44°F on the 28thMarch, while the lowest temperature was a frigid -30°F observed on the 5thof the month. For most of the month, the temperatures were below normal with the exception of the last week. No new daily records were set.
Precipitation in March was far above normal with 0.72" water-equivalent, which is close to 3 times the long-term mean of 0.25". Snowfall (14.7") was exactly 3 times of normal, which is for March 4.9". Precipitation on the 6thand 7thof the month was remarkable and set new daily records. On the 6th, 0.28" water-equivalent snow fell, slightly more precipitation than expected for the whole month. It is also a new record for the day, surpassing the old record from 1985 of 0.24". Snowfall for this day was 6.9", also substantially surpassing the old record of 3.5", set in 1943. On the following day, 0.17" were measured, once again a new daily record, as the previous maximum was 0.15", which occurred in 1967. The snowfall for this day was 2.7", tying the old record of 1932. This event was caused by strong advection of relatively warm and moist air from the west, with a slight southerly component. On the 6ththe highest peak wind speed of 23 mph was recorded, and the mean monthly wind speed was 3.9 mph.
Anchorage recorded an average temperature of 21.4°F, 5.2°F below the normal of 26.6°F. This is a remarkable change from February, during which month the mean temperature was higher than March's mean temperature. The maximum temperature of the month occurred on the 29thand once again on the 31stwith 47°F, while a minimum temperature of 0°F was observed on the 12thof March. The observed temperatures were below normal for the month with the exception of the last week, which was seasonally warmer than normal no new daily records were set during the month.
Precipitation was reported at 0.63" water-equivalent, only slightly above the normal of 0.60". As expected, snowfall gave similar proportions. 9.5" were measured for the month, close to the normal of 9.9". On the 3rd, 3.3" snow fell, the highest amount for the month, but it was not a new record for the day. The average cloudiness was 70% and the mean monthly wind speed was calculated as 3.8 mph. Data for peak wind speeds were missing for most of the month.
Barrow reported an average temperature of -21.6°F in March, 8.9°F below normal. All of the month was seasonally below normal, with the exception of 2 days (the 11thand 12th), when strong westerly flow advected warm air. On the 11th, the maximum temperature was reported at 3°F, while the lowest temperature of -35°F was observed on the 5thof March. No new temperature records were observed during the month.
Precipitation in Barrow totaled 0.01", an extremely low value, representing only 11% of the expected value. The mean monthly wind speed was 8.9 mph and a gust of 28 mph occurred on the 23rd, blowing from a northeasterly direction.
InBig Delta the mean March temperature was 7.1°F, somewhat higher than the temperature of Fairbanks, and -7.0°F below the long term mean for March. It is believed this is caused by the more frequent occurrences of Chinook winds, which bring warmer than seasonally normal temperatures. This station is situated much closer to the Alaska Range, hence more affected by these winds. The highest monthly temperatures of 43°F was observed on the 29thand 30thMarch, while the minimum temperature (-28°F) occurred on the 5th. No new records were set during the month.
Precipitation in March was reported as 0.27" water-equivalent, 50% above the normal of 0.18 " for the month.
InJuneau , the average temperature was 33.0°F, slightly below the normal of 33.8°F for March. The maximum temperatures for the month (51°F) occurred on the 28thand the minimum temperature (16°F) was recorded on the 5thof March. No new temperature records were set during the whole month, and temperatures were quite close to normal.
Precipitation totaled 2.82" water-equivalent, 25% below normal. The storm on the 8thwas remarkable, with wind speeds up to 48 mph, blowing from a southeasterly direction. It was not only the highest wind speed for the month, but also advected a great amount of moisture and 1.06" of precipitation was recorded on the same day, the highest daily amount of the month. The observed monthly snowfall was measured as 14.6", which is 3" above the normal value. Furthermore, mean cloudiness was high with 80%, and average wind speed at Juneau Airport was 7.3 mph.
Ketchikan's average temperature of 35.8°F in March was 2.0°F below the long-term mean. Generally, the temperature was slightly below normal for most of the month with the exception of the last week. The highest temperature of the month measured at 51°F, which occurred both on the 27thand 28thof March, while the low temperature of 22°F occurred on the 5thof the month.
Monthly precipitation was measured at 10.69", very close to the normal of 10.89". The 8thof the month was notable with a precipitation total of 2.18".
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.
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.