Anchorage March 2016

Anchorage had a mean monthly temperature of 33.4°F this March, 6.8°F above normal. The highest temperature for the month was 53°F on the 31st, which also set a record for that day, breaking the old record by 3°F, set in 1993. Four other daily records were set: on the 22nd the 44°F measured broke the 1965 record of 48°F, 50°F was observed on the 23rd, breaking the 2015 record of 46°F, on the 24th the 51°F observed broke the 2015 record of 48°F, and on the 30th the 50°F broke the old 1974 record for that day of 49°F. Two daily records were tied: on the 12th, the high of 46F tied the 2005 record. Then the next day the high of 44°F tied the record set in 1981. The lowest temperature for the month was 16°F on the 19th.

Precipitation was over double the normal amount with 1.23" measured, 0.63" above normal. Contributing to this were the two daily precipitation records set for the month: 0.23" fell on the 28th, breaking the 2005 record of 0.20", and 0.10" fell on the 30th, breaking the old record of 0.08" set in 2011, 2009 and 1999. Snowfall was also higher than normal, with 10.7" measured and 9.9" expected. 6.4" of snow fell on the 19th, which broke the old 1979 record for that day. The average wind speed was 4.7 mph while the highest wind speed was 39 mph from a southeasterly direction on the 30th.