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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ANCHORAGE AK
516 AM AKDT TUE AUG 4 2015

...2015 NOW RANKS IN TOP 5 FOR MOST 70 DEGREE DAYS IN A CALENDAR
YEAR...

IT HAS BEEN A WARM SUMMER ACROSS ANCHORAGE TO SAY THE LEAST AS
TEMPERATURES HAVE BEEN ABOVE NORMAL FOR THE MAJORITY OF THE SEASON.
THE LIST BELOW SHOWS THE TOP 5 YEARS IN REGARDS TO THE NUMBER OF
DAYS IN WHICH THE HIGH TEMPERATURE REACHED 70 DEGREES OR MORE.

RANK     DAYS     YEAR
----------------------
1.       42       2013
2.       40       2004
3.       34       1977
4.       31       1957
5.       30       2015

THIS TOTAL IS LIKELY TO INCREASE...AS FORECASTED HIGH
TEMPERATURES FOR TODAY AND WEDNESDAY ARE EXPECTED TO BE AT OR
ABOVE 70 DEGREES. IN ADDITION...IT LOOKS AS IF THE HIGH
TEMPERATURE TODAY WILL EXCEED THE RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 74
DEGREES SET IN 1997 AS THE CURRENT FORECASTED HIGH IS 77 DEGREES.

ANCHORAGE HAS NEVER FAILED TO HAVE A CALENDAR YEAR IN WHICH AT
LEAST ONE DAY HAD A HIGH TEMPERATURE MEET OR EXCEED 70 DEGREES IN
THE CLIMATE RECORDS DATING BACK TO 1952. THE NUMBER OF 70 DEGREE
DAYS RANGE FROM 2 (2008,2011) TO 42 (2013). IN ANY GIVEN
YEAR...ANCHORAGE AVERAGES 14.65 OR ABOUT 15 DAYS AT OR ABOVE 70
DEGREES.

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ANCHORAGE HAS ALSO SEEN A FAIR SHARE OF 80 DEGREE DAYS THIS YEAR
AND IS CURRENTLY TIED FOR THE MOST EVER OBSERVED IN A SINGLE YEAR.
THE TABLE BELOW SHOWS THE TOP 4 YEARS IN REGARDS TO NUMBER OF 80
DEGREE DAYS.

RANK     DAYS     YEAR
----------------------
T1.       4       2015
T1.       4       1953
3.        3       2003
T4.       2       2013
T4.       2       1977
T4.       2       1963
T4.       2       1960

80 DEGREE DAYS ARE QUITE RARE IN ANCHORAGE. OUT OF THE 64 YEARS
OF CLIMATE INFORMATION FOR ANCHORAGE ONLY 17 YEARS HAVE HAD A DAY
WITH TEMPERATURES 80 DEGREES OR WARMER WHILE 47 YEARS NEVER
REACHED OR EXCEEDED 80 DEGREES. THIS EQUATES TO ABOUT ONCE EVERY
3 YEARS ANCHORAGE SHOULD SEE AN 80 DEGREE DAY.

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