Alaska Breaks March Records 

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16 Jun 07


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Record snows and some of the coldest 
March’s ever recorded in Alaska


Strong and widespread cold described March this year (2007) all across Alaska. Temperatures throughout the mainland were more than 8EF below average and the most extreme temperature departures of more than 16EF below average were observed in the central Interior. Areas along the Arctic coast and the southeast panhandle had relative warmth with temperature departures less than 8EF below average. The portions of the state that had extreme cold also received little in the way of precipitation as clear and sunny skies dominated. A location that received more than its fair share of snowfall was Juneau, breaking daily, monthly, and seasonal snowfall records.


Fairbanks residents experienced nearly the coldest March on record this year with an average temperature of -6.5EF, just one tenth of a degree shy of the record cold of 1959. This is a departure of -17.6EF from the average March temperature . The high of 41EF on the last day of the month broke a string of 111 consecutive days (or since December 9th) that the temperature did not reach freezing. Only twice during March was the low temperature not below zero and the lowest temperature for the month was -39EF on the 2nd.


With an average temperature of 15.0EF for March, Anchorage had its 3rd coldest March on record, one degree behind the record coldest set in 1959. This average is 10.9EF colder than normal. The high and low for the month was 37EF on the 31st and -3EF on the 6th..


The snowfall total at Juneau’s airport of 62.7 inches broke the previous high snowfall total of 1948 by 10 inches. In addition, two daily snowfall totals set records; 10.7 inches on the 2nd and 6.8 inches on the 16th both set new records for the respective dates. The seasonal snowfall total to date of 197.8 inches is more than twice the normal amount and sets a new record, surpassing the previous record high snowfall season of 1964/65 by 3.5 inches.

King Salmon

King Salmon residents experienced a cold and dry March. The average temperature of 5.7EF is 17.8EF colder than normal and ties with 1959 as the third coldest March on record. The low for the month of -27EF set a new record low for that date, while the high for the month of 41EF occurred on the 31st.
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