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2019 December Monthly Report


  • Significant warmer than normal temperatures prevailed along Alaska's Arctic coast and the Panhandle. Interior Alaska was colder than normal during the second half of December.
  • Multiple stations set new high and low temperature records on specific Days. A minimum temperature of -60ºF was observed in Bettles at the end of December.
  • Precipitation has been near to above normal in the Southcentral and Panhandle region. The West Coast and Interior experienced drier than normal conditions.
  • The Panhandle continues to be under abnormally dry to extreme dry conditions. Near or slightly above normal precipitation brought an end to the abnormally dry conditions near Anchorage.
  • Sea ice extent was below the median value for the period 1981-2010.