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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Anchorage AK
1102 AM AKDT Tue Apr 3 2018

...Anchorage International Airport Climate Highlights for March

...20th Wettest March...
...22nd Least Snowiest Snow Season to Date...
...23rd Warmest March...
...24th Snowiest March...

The total period of record includes 65 Marches.


March 2018 was the 23rd warmest March on record, with an average
temperature of 27.6 degrees. This is 1.0 degrees above the normal
of 26.6 degrees.

The average high in March 2018 was 34.1 degrees. The average low
was 21.2 degrees.

15 days in March had above normal temperatures.
12 days in March had below normal temperatures.
4 days in March had normal temperatures (1/2 degree or less from
the average for that day)

The warmest high temperature for the month was 42 degrees on the
16th. This ties multiple years for the 12th coldest monthly high
temperature. The average warmest monthly high temperature in
March is 44 degrees.

The coldest low temperature for the month was 7 degrees on the
1st. This ties multiple years for the 13th warmest monthly low
temperature. The average coldest monthly low temperature in March
is 0 degrees.

The most above normal day was on the 18th at 10.7 degrees above
the normal for the day. The most below normal day was on the 1st
at 9.0 degrees below the normal for the day.


March 2018 was the 20th wettest March on record, recording 0.82
inches of precipitation measured for the month. The normal
precipitation for March is 0.60 inches. The wettest day of the
month occurred on the 19th, when 0.20 inches of liquid equivalent
precipitation fell.

18 out of 31 days in March recorded a trace or more of

...Snowfall and Snow Season...

March 2018 was the 24th snowiest March on record, picking up 10.8
inches of new snowfall for the month. The normal snowfall for
March is 9.9 inches. March 2018 was the third consecutive month
with above normal snowfall. The snowiest day in March was on the
11th, recording 3.3 inches of new snow on that day.

The deepest snow depth for the month occurred on the 12th, with 24
inches on the ground, and the shallowest snow depth during March
was on the 31st at 13 inches. The average snow depth in March was
18.3 inches.

Measurable snow fell on 8 of the 31 days in March.

59.0 inches of snow have fallen during snow season 2017-2018
through the end of March. The normal is 70.2 inches. Thus,
Anchorage is 11.2 inches below normal for the snow season to date.

2017-2018 remains the 22nd least snowiest snow season to date.
This is unchanged in the rankings from the end of February.

...March 2018 vs. March 2017...

Compared to last March, March 2018 was much warmer, slightly
wetter, and similar in snowfall.

27.6 degrees average temperature in 2018 vs. 19.2 degrees in 2017.
0.82 inches of precipitation in 2018 vs. 0.67 inches in 2017.
10.8 inches of snow in 2018 vs. 10.3 inches in 2017.
Snow Season Totals: 59.0 inches in 2018 vs. 82.4 inches in 2017.

...Daily Records...

No daily temperature nor precipitation records were set in March

...Daily Records Count for 2018...

High Maximum....1
High Minimum....1
Low Maximum.....0
Low Minimum.....0

...Highlights for April 2018...

Monthly Averages:

Average Temperature: 36.8 degrees
Average High: 44.5 degrees
Average Low: 29.1 degrees
Average Precipitation: 0.47 inches- Driest Month
Average Snowfall: 4.0 inches

Beginning of the Month Daylight: 13 hours 24 minutes
First Sunset After 9pm: April 7th
Third Quarter Moon: April 7th at 11:17pm
14 Hours of Daylight: April 8th
Sunrise at 7am: April 8th
New Moon: April 15th at 5:57pm
15 Hours of Daylight: April 18th
First Quarter Moon: April 22nd at 1:45pm
First Sunrise Before 6am: April 28th
16 Hours of Daylight: April 29th
Full Moon: April 29th at 4:58pm
First Sunset after 10pm: April 30th
End of the Month Daylight: 16 hours 9 minutes
Total Monthly Daylight Gain: 2 hours 45 minutes


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