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Anchorage March 2012


Anchorage recorded an average temperature of 21.4°F, 5.2°F below the normal of 26.6°F. This is a remarkable change from February, during which month the mean temperature was higher than March's mean temperature. The maximum temperature of the month occurred on the 29thand once again on the 31stwith 47°F, while a minimum temperature of 0°F was observed on the 12thof March. The observed temperatures were below normal for the month with the exception of the last week, which was seasonally warmer than normal no new daily records were set during the month.
Precipitation was reported at 0.63" water-equivalent, only slightly above the normal of 0.60". As expected, snowfall gave similar proportions. 9.5" were measured for the month, close to the normal of 9.9". On the 3rd, 3.3" snow fell, the highest amount for the month, but it was not a new record for the day. The average cloudiness was 70% and the mean monthly wind speed was calculated as 3.8 mph. Data for peak wind speeds were missing for most of the month.