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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Anchorage AK
442 AM AKDT Sat Mar 17 2018

...Anchorage International Airport Climate Highlights for February

...4th Wettest February...
...6th Snowiest February...
...22nd Least Snowiest Snow Season Through the End of February...
...29th Coldest February...

The total period of record includes 65 Februarys.


February 2018 was the 29th coldest February on record, with an
average temperature of 18.9 degrees. This is 1.3 degrees below the
normal of 20.2 degrees. By average temperature, February 2018 was
colder than January 2018.

The average high in February 2018 was 25.8 degrees. The average
low was 12.1 degrees.

17 days in February had below normal temperatures.
11 days in February had above normal temperatures.

The warmest high temperature for the month was 41 degrees on the
12th. This ties multiple years for the 19th coldest monthly
high temperature. The average warmest monthly high temperature in
February is 42 degrees.

The coldest low temperature for the month was 2 degrees below zero
set on the 2nd, 4th, and the 5th. This is the 21st warmest monthly
low temperature on record for February. The average coldest
monthly low temperature in February is 7 below.

The 2 below zero low set on the 2nd was the first below zero
reading set during the 2017-2018 winter season. This is the 2nd
latest on record.

Top 5 Latest First Below Zero Temperature in a Snow Season:

1) 2000-2001 - No Below Zero Temperatures
2) 2017-2018 - February 2nd
3) 2014-2015 - January 25th
4) 2004-2005 - January 11th
5) 2002-2003 - December 27th

Temperature-wise, the most above normal day was on the 12th at
16.8 degrees above the normal for the day. The most below normal
day was on the 4th at 10.7 degrees below the normal for the day.


February 2018 was the 4th wettest February on record, recording
2.32 inches of precipitation measured during the month. The
normal precipitation for February is 0.72 inches. The wettest day
of the month was on the 26th, recording 0.57 inches of liquid
equivalent precipitation, a new daily record.

18 out of 28 days in February recorded a trace or more of

February 2018 was the wettest month since October 2017, and was
the wettest winter month (December-February) since December 2011.

Top 5 Wettest Februarys
1) 1955- 3.07 inches
2) 1956- 2.49 inches
3) 1996- 2.40 inches
4) 2018- 2.32 inches
5) 1968- 1.67 inches

...Snowfall and Snow Season...

February 2018 was the 6th snowiest February on record, picking up
26.0 inches of new snowfall for the month. The normal snowfall for
February is 10.9 inches. February 2018 was the second consecutive
month with above normal snowfall.
The snowiest day in February was on the 22nd, recording 6.2" of
snowfall on that day. This ties multiple days for the 25th
snowiest February day on record.

Top 6 Snowiest Februarys
1) 1996- 52.1 inches
2) 1955- 48.5 inches
3) 1956- 33.1 inches
4) 2012- 27.8 inches
5) 1968- 26.1 inches
6) 2018- 26.0 inches

As of the end of February, snow season 2017-2018 is the 22nd least
snowiest snow season on record, moving up 15 spots from the end of
January. As of the end of February, 48.2 inches of snow had been
recorded for the season. The normal snow through the end of
February is 60.3 inches. Thus, Anchorage is 12.1 inches below
normal for the season.

A snow season runs from July 1st until June 30th of the following

...February 2018 vs. February 2017...

Compared to last February, February 2018 was similar in
temperature, much wetter, and snowier.

18.9 degrees average temperature in 2018 vs. 18.7 degrees in 2017.
2.32 inches total precipitation in 2018 vs. 0.99 inches in 2017.
26.0 inches total snowfall in 2018 vs. 19.6 inches in 2017.
Snow Season totals: 48.2 inches in 2018 vs. 72.1 inches in 2017.

...Daily Temperature Records Set in February 2018...

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

High Minimum...12th...32 degrees...32 degrees (2003)

...Daily Precipitation Records Set in February 2018...

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

Precipitation...26th...0.57 inches...0.25 inches (1993)

...Daily Records Count for 2018...

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

...Highlights for March 2018...

Monthly Averages:

Average Temperature: 26.6 degrees
Average High: 33.9 degrees
Average Low: 19.2 degrees
Average Precipitation: 0.60 inches
Average Snowfall: 9.9 inches

Beginning of the Month Daylight: 10 hours 26 minutes
New Moon: March 17th
12 Hours of Daylight: March 18th
First Sunrise Before 8am: March 20th
First Quarter Moon: March 24th
13 Hours of Daylight: March 28th
Full Moon: March 31st
End of Month Daylight: 13 hours 18 minutes
Total Monthly Daylight Gain: 2 hours 52 minutes


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