Record Breaking Warmth Hits Alaska Last Month

Many areas of Alaska just had their warmest March ever. The warming was particularly severe in the state’s northern reaches.

The unusually warm weather cut weeks off of Alaska’s winter. In Utqiagvik, the biggest city in the North Slope, the month of March 2019 ended up averaging 18.6 F above the 1981-2010 average and 6.6 F above last year, the previous warmest March on record.

The rapid warming across the Arctic hit the northern part of the state with temperatures 40 degrees Fahrenheit above normal. For only the second time in recorded history Alaska’s largest city, Anchorage didn’t record any snowfall in March.

Other areas in the state finished March with a monthly average temperature of 20 degrees F or more above normal.



Photo: “Bering in dire straits” by European Space Agency is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0