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2019 November Monthly Report


Highlights

  • Significantly warmer than normal temperatures were measured everywhere in Alaska, with very high departures from the 1981-2010 average, reaching an impressive 16°F in Utqiagvik.
  • Precipitation was well above normal almost everywhere in the state. Only a few stations on the West and Delta Junction in the Interior experienced below normal precipitation.
  • Drought conditions improved in South Alaska and along the Panhandle.
  • Snowfall has been above normal in the interior and the Northslope. In Anchorage snow was 86% of normal, Fairbanks and Bettles recorded 180% and 196% of normal values. Only small amounts of snow were observed along the panhandle.
  • Sea ice extent has increased by roughly 27% during last month. It is currently close to the extent of 2017, well below the 1981-2010 median value.
  • In November the Chukchi Sea set a low record of sea ice extent.
  • Limited sea ice extent has been linked to the introduction of deadly virus for marine mammals in the North Pacific.