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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Anchorage AK
655 AM AKDT Wed May 1 2019

...Anchorage International Airport Climate Highlights for April

...7th Warmest April...
...10th Wettest April...
...12th Snowiest April...
...25th Least Snowiest Snow Season to Date...

The period of record includes 66 Aprils.


April 2019 was the 7th warmest April on record with an average
temperature of 40.1 degrees. This is 3.3 degrees above the normal
of 36.8 degrees.

The average high in April was 48.0 degrees, which is 3.5 degrees
above the normal of 44.5 degrees. The average low in April was
32.1 degrees, which is 3.0 degrees above the normal low of 29.1

20 days in April had above normal temperatures, though only one
was more than 10 degrees above normal.
6 days in April had below normal temperatures.
4 days in April had normal temperatures (within 1/2 degree).

The most above normal day occurred on the 8th, which was 11.7
degrees above the daily normal. The most below normal day was on
the 22nd, which was 5.9 degrees below the daily normal.

The warmest high in April occurred yesterday(April 30th), at 60 degrees. This
was the 9th warmest monthly high temperature on record. The normal
monthly high is 55 degrees.
The coldest low in April occurred on both the 3rd and the 23rd,
which both got down to 27 degrees. This is the 4th warmest monthly
low temperature on record. The normal monthly low temperature is
17 degrees.

Top 5 Warmest Monthly Low Temperatures in April
1) 29 degrees- 2016
2,3) 28 degrees- 1998, 1969
4) 27 degrees- 2019
5,6) 26 degrees- 2017, 1995


April 2019 was the 10th wettest April on record with a total of
1.11 inches of precipitation falling during the month. The average
monthly precipitation in April is 0.47 inches. Thus, April
received 236 percent of its normal precipitation.

The wettest day of the month occurred on the 22nd, during which
0.27 inches of precipitation were measured.

15 of the 30 days in April had a Trace or more of precipitation.


April 2019 was the 12th snowiest April on record with 9.1 inches
of snow measured during the month. The normal monthly snowfall in
April is 4.0 inches. April joins December and February as the 3rd
month this snow season with above normal snow and it was also the
3rd snowiest month this snow season. April had more snow than
November, January, or March. All three of which average much more
snow than April.

The snowiest day in April was on the 22nd, when 3.5 inches of new
snow were measured.
2 days in April had 2 inches or more of snow.
3 days in April had 1 inch or more of snow.
9 days in April had measurable snow.

From April 17th through the 24th, Anchorage had 8 consecutive days
with a trace or more of snow. This is the latest such streak into
the Spring of a week or more with snow reported on consecutive
days. The previous record occurred in a 9 day streak from April
8-16, 1963.

...Snow Season...

The total snow season snow through the end of April is now up to
65.0 inches. This is now the 25th least snowiest snow season to
date. The normal snowfall through the end of April is 74.2 inches.
Thus, Anchorage is 9.2 inches below normal for the snow season to
date. Anchorage rises 6 spots in the rankings since the end of

...April 2019 vs. April 2018...

April 2019 was slightly warmer, much wetter, and much snowier than
April 2018.

Temperature: 40.1 degrees in 2019 vs. 39.6 degrees in 2018.
Precipitation: 1.11 inches in 2019 vs. 0.32 inches in 2018.
Snowfall: 9.1 inches in 2019 vs. Trace in 2018.
Snow Season to Date: 65.0 inches of snow in 2018-2019 vs. 58.3
inches in 2017-2018.

...Daily Records Set in April 2019...

Type............Date...New Record....Old Record (Year)

High Maximum....08th...54 degrees....51 degrees (2018, 2016, 1990)
High Maximum....10th...52 degrees....52 degrees (1997, 1987)

High Minimum....08th...37 degrees....36 degrees (1997)
High Minimum....12th...38 degrees....35 degrees (2010)
High Minimum....16th...38 degrees....38 degrees (1970)

Precipitation...22nd...0.27 inches...0.18 inches (2010)

Snowfall........19th...2.5 inches....1.9 inches (1983)
Snowfall........22nd...3.5 inches....1.7 inches (2010)

...Daily Records Count for 2019 (Change)...

High Maximum....9 (+2)
High Minimum....7 (+3)
Low Maximum.....0
Low Minimum.....0
Precipitation...1 (+1)
Snowfall........2 (+2)

...Highlights for May 2019...

...Monthly Averages...

Mean Temperature: 47.8 degrees
High: 56.0 degrees
Low: 39.6 degrees
Precipitation: 0.72 inches
Snowfall: 0.3 inches

...Climate Facts...

Earliest 70 degree day: May 8, 1981
Average first 65 degree day: May 24th
Average Last Freeze (32 degree low or colder): May 7th
Latest Freeze: May 22, 1964
Latest Last Measurable Snow: May 22, 1964
Average Last Night in the 30s: May 31st

...Calendar of Astronomy and Holidays...

Beginning of May Daylight: 16 hours 13 minutes
New Moon: May 4th at 2:45pm
First Day with More than 17 Hours of Daylight: May 10th
First Quarter Moon: May 11th at 5:12pm
Full Moon (Flower Moon): May 18th at 1:11pm
Sunrise at 5am: May 20th
First Day with More than 18 Hours of Daylight: May 22nd
Sunset at 11pm: May 23rd
Third Quarter Moon: May 26th at 8:33am
Memorial Day Holiday: May 27th
End of May Daylight: 18 hours 40 minutes
Total Monthly Daylight Gain: 2 hours 27 minutes


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