Public Information Statement - Anchorage


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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ANCHORAGE AK
332 PM AKDT SAT APR 2 2016

...ANCHORAGE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT CLIMATE HIGHLIGHTS FOR MARCH
2016...

...5TH WARMEST MARCH ON RECORD...
...NEW MONTHLY MAXIMUM RECORD OF 53 DEGREES SET ON MARCH 31...
...8TH WETTEST MARCH ON RECORD...
...MONTHLY SNOWFALL WAS 0.8 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL...  

...TEMPERATURE...

MARCH 2016 WAS THE 5TH WARMEST MARCH ON RECORD WITH AN AVERAGE
TEMPERATURE OF 33.4 DEGREES. THIS IS 6.8 DEGREES ABOVE THE NORMAL
OF 26.6 DEGREES. THE WARMER MARCHES ON RECORD ARE:

1965- AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 36.5 DEGREES
1984- AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 36.4 DEGREES
1970- AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 35.4 DEGREES
1981- AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 34.3 DEGREES

THE ONLY DAY IN MARCH WITH A BELOW NORMAL AVERAGE TEMPERATURE
OCCURRED ON THE 19TH. THE WARMEST HIGH TEMPERATURE FOR THE MONTH
WAS 53 DEGREES ON THE 31ST. THIS SET A DAILY RECORD AND ALSO SET A
MONTHLY RECORD FOR HIGHEST MARCH TEMPERATURE RECORDED AT THE
ANCHORAGE AIRPORT...BREAKING THE OLD RECORD OF 51 DEGREES. THE
COLDEST LOW TEMPERATURE FOR THE MONTH OF 16 DEGREES OCCURRED ON
THE 19TH.

...PRECIPITATION...

MARCH 2016 WAS THE 8TH WETTEST MARCH ON RECORD...RECORDING 1.23
INCHES OF PRECIPITATION. THE NORMAL PRECIPITATION FOR MARCH IS
0.60 INCHES. THE WETTEST MARCH ON RECORD WAS 1979...WHICH RECORDED
2.76 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION. THE WETTEST DAY OF THE MONTH WAS
THE 19TH...RECORDING 0.35 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION.

...SNOWFALL...

MARCH 2016 RECORDED 10.7 INCHES OF SNOW. THE NORMAL SNOWFALL FOR
MARCH IS 9.9 INCHES. MARCH IS THE THIRD MONTH THIS SEASON TO
RECORD HIGHER THAN AVERAGE MONTHLY SNOWFALL. SEPTEMBER 2015 AND
NOVEMBER 2015 ALSO RECORDED HIGHER THAN AVERAGE MONTHLY
SNOWFALL. OCTOBER...NOVEMBER ...JANUARY AND FEBRUARY ALL RECORDED
LOWER THAN AVERAGE MONTHLY SNOWFALL.

IN ADDITION TO BEING THE WETTEST DAY OF THE MONTH...THE 19TH WAS
ALSO THE SNOWIEST. 6.4 INCHES OF SNOW WAS RECORDED ON THIS DAY.

THE NORMAL SNOW SEASON SNOWFALL TO DATE IS 70.2 INCHES. 38.3
INCHES OF SNOW HAVE FALLEN THUS FAR IN SNOW SEASON 2015-2016. THIS
IS THE 8TH LEAST SNOWIEST SNOW SEASON TO DATE.  

...DAILY TEMPERATURE RECORDS SET OR TIED IN FEBRUARY 2016...

TYPE...........DATE...NEW RECORD...OLD RECORD (YEAR)

HIGH MAXIMUM...12TH...46 DEGREES...46 DEGREES (2005)
HIGH MAXIMUM...13TH...44 DEGREES...44 DEGREES (1981)
HIGH MAXIMUM...22ND...49 DEGREES...48 DEGREES (1965)
HIGH MAXIMUM...23RD...50 DEGREES...46 DEGREES (1965...1974...2015)
HIGH MAXIMUM...24TH...51 DEGREES...48 DEGREES (2015) 
HIGH MAXIMUM...30TH...50 DEGREES...49 DEGREES (1995...2015) 
HIGH MAXIMUM...31ST...53 DEGREES...50 DEGREES (1984...1993)

...DAILY PRECIPITATION RECORDS SET IN FEBRUARY 2016...

TYPE............DATE...NEW RECORD.....OLD RECORD (YEAR)

SNOWFALL........19TH...6.4 INCHES.....5.2 INCHES (1979)
PRECIPITATION...28TH...0.23 INCHES....0.20 INCHES (2005)
PRECIPITATION...30TH...0.10 INCHES....0.08 INCHES (2009...2011)

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