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2021 October Monthly Report


Warmer October throughout the Interior and the North Slope and colder than usual temperatures across the West Coast and Panhandle.

The Aleutians, Kodiak, the Gulf Coast, and the Panhandle were directly affected by strong cyclones that developed over the Bering Sea and moved across the Gulf of Alaska.

Fairbanks and Gulkana receive majority of monthly precipitation during one storm, and Fairbanks breaks daily snowfall records two days in a row.

October 2021 sea ice extent was the 8th lowest in the satellite record and the end of the month extent was higher than any year since 2015.