Even for bitterly cold Alaskan standards, the start of spring has been un-springlike.
Fairbanks, Alaska greeted spring on Monday morning with a temperature of… -12°.
It’s all part of what’s been an absolutely frigid March so far for the 49th state, with temperatures consistently running 10 to 20 degrees below average, if not more. Fairbanks’ average March temperature of -9.6° through Sunday is a shocking 17.5° below average, with the mercury dropping as low as -39° so far this month. Nome and McGrath, Alaska, both in the central/northern portion of the state, are also more than 10 degrees below average so far this month.
Anchorage has been stuck in a bitterly cold pattern, with the average March temperature (through Sunday) at just 15.9°, a full nine degrees below average. Also through Sunday, the temperature in Anchorage hadn’t risen above the freezing mark, a particularly rare feat in a city where the average March high temperature is 35°.
Along the milder Alaskan panhandle further south, meanwhile, big snow has been the big story. The Alaskan state capital of Juneau has seen more than 30″ of snowfall so far in March, more than doubling its typical monthly total. Official climate sites on Annette Island and in Yakutat are also reporting way above average snowfall so far in March as well, mostly the product of potent storm systems running into some of the late season cold.
There’s little relief in site from this pattern, also. Temperatures are expected to stay well below freezing both in Anchorage and Alaska’s colder interior for the week ahead.
Stay with WeatherNation for the latest on your forecast and all things weather around the country.
For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Chris Bianchi
NASA Astronaut Robert Kimbrough is no Julia Child but his PB&J is still pretty stellar How to Make a PB&J in Space… https://t.co/akFRtrGXI63 hours ago by WeatherNation
Winter seems far from over in portions of the West and Upper Midwest with snow and ice ahead -… https://t.co/5smCw6Ttgx5 hours ago by WeatherNation
Happy Tuesday! A look at today's high temperatures: https://t.co/OCgepofiTU10 hours ago by WeatherNation
A construction crane fell into the Holston River in Weber City, VA as heavy rain fell and flooding hit the area.… https://t.co/DGkNDkik5s24 April by WeatherNation
More than 7" of rain has fallen in parts of the Mid Atlantic, producing flooding problems. More rain ahead tonight… https://t.co/CKostOfJYa24 April by WeatherNation
Heavy rains brought flooding across parts of Tennessee. This out of the Fountain City neighborhood in Knoxville. 🎥… https://t.co/PRu4RJyv6A24 April by WeatherNation