2016 November Monthly Report
November started out with a storm impacting the Southeast on the 3rd with high winds reported around the southern panhandle. Gusts up to 62 mph were measured at Ketchikan, and 68 mph at Lincoln Island. Over 4" of snow fell at Haines Customs. Another storm impacted the southern panhandle area again on the 9th with considerable lightning reported. Wind gusts up to 60 mph were felt along the Turnagain Arm area on the 10th. Freezing rain and difficult driving conditions were observed in the Fairbanks area on the 10th, then again on the 13th and 14th. Icy roads in the Mat-Su area resulted in the closure of three schools in the Susitna Valley on the 14th. More thunderstorms in the Southeast on the 14th resulted in thunder, lightning and pea sized hail at Yakutat. Barrow experienced its last sunset on the 18th; the next sunrise will be January 22.
Hazardous driving conditions were reported along the Ellicott Highway on the 15th, then along the Seward highway on 17th, the Dalton Highway on the 21st, then again on the Dalton Highway on the 25th.
A strong low-pressure system occurred in the area of the Aleutian Islands and Western Alaska on the 25th and 26th. False Pass reported gusts up to 99 mph; 82 mph was reported at Unalaska, 80 mph at King Cove and 74 mph at Cold Bay. White Pass in the northern panhandle reported 10" of snow on the 26th.
Yet another storm headed into the Southeast on the 28th and 29th. Winds up to 106 mph were recorded at Lemon Creek near Juneau; Lincoln Island reported 78 mph, 72 mph at Hydaburg, 58 mph at Petersburg, 52 mph at Ketchikan, 47 mph at Craig, and 31 mph at Yakutat. Fourteen inches of snow fell at Haines Customs during the storm. Very difficult driving conditions were reported along the Haines Highway due to the heavy snow and high winds.