• Forecast
  • News Tip
  • Categories
News Alert: LIVE - Memorial Day Ceremony at Ft. Richardson - Read More
Temperature Precipitation
Estimated read time
1m 52s

Spring is here, but where are the warming temperatures?

By Rachael Penton 12:29 PM March 20, 2017

Spring is underway in Alaska, but where are the spring-like temperatures?

Although Monday marks the official start of astronomical spring, meteorologists and climatologists categorize spring as the months of March, April, and May. That’s because weather patterns usually begin to change in March, with temperatures on the upswing.

Although temperatures begin slowly rising this month in most areas of Alaska, it’s usually still chilly. But this year, they’re even chillier.

According to the National Weather Service, the statewide daily temperature index has been below zero each day in March thus far. That means all of the 25 climate reporting stations across the state have registered below normal temperatures.

(Courtesy of the National Weather Service)

Anchorage usually sees low temperatures in the upper teens and high temperatures in the low 30s by mid to late-March. However, this year temperatures are running cooler than normal. Anchorage is continuing to see low temperatures in the single digits and low teens. The warmest temperature recorded so far this month is 31 degrees, on March 11 and 12.

Fairbanks is also experiencing a cold March, with temperatures running 10 to 15 degrees below normal. The lowest temperature recorded this month is minus 39 on March 8, just a few degrees away from the March record low of minus 45.

The month-to-date average temperature in Fairbanks is 9.6 degrees below zero, much colder than the normal average temperature of 8 degrees.

So, what’s causing the March chill?

Alaska has been stuck in a stagnant weather pattern. High pressure has remained situated over the Bering Sea, keeping conditions over Western, Interior and Southcentral Alaska mostly clear and quiet.

At the same time, an upper level trough has remained in place over the eastern half of the state, keeping Arctic air flowing south through the Interior and Southcentral. This has kept temperatures below normal.

This pattern is forecast to stay in place for at least another week, keeping below normal temperatures in the forecast for mainland Alaska for the next 6 to 10 days.

Latest Stories

  • News

    Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke says Denali name should remain

    by Associated Press on May 29, 10:58

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke says the name for America’s tallest mountain should remain Denali. The News-Miner reports that he spoke at the Fairbanks International Airport late Saturday on his way to a Memorial Day ceremony in Denali State Park. The peak was once called Mount McKinley, named after President William McKinley. […]

  • Police: Tiger Woods arrested in Florida for DUI

    by Associated Press on May 29, 10:52

    JUPITER, Fla. (AP) – Police say golf great Tiger Woods has been arrested on a DUI charge in Florida. The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office says on its website that Woods was booked into a county jail around 7 a.m. on Monday. Jail records show Woods had been arrested by police in Jupiter. He was […]

  • News

    Interior Secretary Zinke focuses on energy, parks during Alaska visit

    by Heather Hintze on May 29, 10:29

    Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is in Alaska for his first visit to the state since his confirmation to the position in March. His first public appearance included a ride to the Alaska Veteran’s Memorial on the George Parks Highway with the Alaska Vets Motorcycle Club for their 29th annual Memorial Run. “I think it’s important on […]

  • News

    North Korea launches short-range ballistic missile, U.S. military says

    by CBS News on May 28, 19:06

    North Korea on Sunday launched a short-range ballistic missile, the U.S. Pacific Command said. The missile was tracked for six minutes until it landed in the Sea of Japan, the U.S. Pacific Command said. The White House said President Trump had been briefed on the launch. This is the ninth missile test North Korea has […]

  • Living on water: Welcome to Freedom Cove

    by CBS News on May 28, 19:02

    While many people have made a houseboat their abode, Lee Cowan has found a designing couple who’s taken the idea of waterborne living even further: Wayne Adams rarely sets a foot on dry land … not even when he makes his way home to his wife, Catherine King, because their home ebbs and flows with […]

  • The hottest pepper in the world? Beware the ‘Dragon’s Breath’

    by CBS News on May 28, 18:58

    Farmers in Wales may have the world’s hottest chili pepper on their hands, according to British media reports. Mike Smith reportedly grew a chili pepper that smashes all previous heat records — all by accident. Smith said he never intended to breed a particularly spicy pepper and he doesn’t even like foods with heat, The […]

  • News

    Alcohol suspected in serious Seward Highway crash

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on May 28, 16:06

    The Seward Highway was completely closed in both directions for about five hours overnight following a crash at mile 76 near Portage Glacier Road. The crash occurred sometime just before 11 p.m. and the road finally reopened to traffic around 4 a.m. Anchorage Police say a northbound BMW crossed over into the oncoming traffic late […]

  • News

    1 dead in head-on Glenn Highway collision

    by KTVA Web Staff on May 28, 15:59

    The Anchorage Police Department’s Traffic Unit is trying to determine what caused an SUV to lose control and cause a fatal crash Saturday. About 15 minutes after midnight Saturday morning, APD says a Chevy Suburban inbound on the Glenn Highway lost control, crossed the center median and struck a Ford Focus head-on. The driver of […]