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Warm trend continues for much of Alaska

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Published: Apr. 6, 2018 at 3:40 PM AKDT
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Overall, Alaska is continuing the warm trend. For March 2018, the state saw an average temperature of 17.7 degrees Fahrenheit, which is 6.9F degrees above the long-term average. This makes March 2018 the ninth warmest in the 94-year period of record.

Most of the state’s warmth came from northern and western Alaska. Utqiaġvik had its warmest March on record, with an average temperature of minus 0.6F degrees. That might seem cold, but it is 14.1F degrees warmer than average. Kotzebue saw its second warmest March, and St. Paul saw its third warmest.

Juneau was on the cooler side coming in with a monthly average temperature of 32.2F degrees, which is minus 0.5F degrees below average. That makes it the 33rd coldest March in the 78 years of record.

Anchorage had an average temperature of 22.7F degrees, which makes this March the 22nd warmest in the 66 years that records were kept.

Looking at the last three months, the pattern continues with Alaska’s average temperature reading 12.4F degrees. That’s 6.5F degrees above the long term average, and once again the ninth warmest on record. As with March 2018, the main areas of warmth were northern and western Alaska. Utqiaġvik had its warmest January through March on record, with an average temperature of minus 0.1F degrees or 15.6F degrees above average. St. Paul had its second warmest year to date.

Parts of southern Alaska and the Panhandle saw near-average conditions, between January and March 2018. Juneau had an average temperature of 28.1F degrees, which is just minus 0.3F degrees below average. Meanwhile, Anchorage had an average temperature of 22.4F degrees, which makes it the 21st warmest when looking at the first three months of the year.

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