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2020 January Monthly Report


Highlights

  • Colder than normal temperatures were observed over much of Alaska. King Salmon was 18.4°F colder than normal.
  • Precipitation has been near to significantly below normal over most of the state. Nine stations received less than 50% of normal precipitation during the month.
  • Snowfall was above normal in Anchorage and Juneau. Conversely, Bettles and Fairbanks received less snow than normal.
  • There are no longer drought conditions in the panhandle. The Panhandle continues to be under abnormally dry conditions. There is a new area of abnormally dry conditions around Cook Inlet and Anchorage.
  • Sea ice extent has increased by 9.38% during the last month. Sea ice extent is above the level observed over the past few years.
  • Kodiak received 22 inches of snow over a 24 hour period starting on the afternoon of Tuesday, January 28th.