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Anchorage February 2012


Anchorage recorded an average temperature for February of 25.2°F, 5.0°F above the normal of 20.2°F. This is a remarkable change from January, during which the mean temperature was more than 20°F colder. The maximum temperature of the month occurred on the 9that 41°F, while a minimum temperature of 7°F was observed on the 29thof the month. The observed temperatures were below normal for the first and last days of the month, while the rest was above normal no new daily records were set.
Precipitation was reported at 1.78" water-equivalent, which is 147% above the normal value. As expected, snowfall gave similar results 27.8" were measured for the month, 155% above the normal of 10.9". On the 3rd, new daily maxima, both for precipitation and snowfall, were observed. The water-equivalent of 0.69" surpassed the old record high of 0.29 set in 2000, while the snowfall of 9.1" was higher than the previous record on 5.4" set in 1970. On 19 days at least a trace of snow fell. It is the 5thsnowiest winter in the history of Anchorage at this point. The average monthly wind speed was calculated at 5.6 mph.