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Fairbanks March 2015


March in Fairbanks was warmer than normal, with a recorded monthly mean of 15.5°F, 4.1°F above normal. The warmest temperature was 52°F on the 26th, which set a record for that day, breaking the 1970 record by 4°F, while the coldest -37°F on the 15th, almost 90°F colder than the highest temperature.

The precipitation for Fairbanks was higher than normal, with 0.49" recorded, 0.24" above the 0.25" that is expected. Snowfall was also higher than normal, with 8.1" measured, 165% of the normal 4.9". Over half of this snowfall, and nearly what is expected for the month, fell on the 7th, where 4.3" was measured, breaking the old 2012 record for that day by 1.6". Relatedly, the 0.28" water equivalent measured that day also broke the 2012 record for precipitation for the day by 0.11". The highest wind speed occurred on the 8th, measured at 30 mph from a westerly direction, while the average wind speed was just 1/10th of that, 3.0 mph.