Fairbanks, Anchorage, Juneau warmer than parts of Lower 48
Alaska continues its stretch of abnormally warm weather as parts of the Lower 48 dig out from another record springtime storm.
Parts of the Plains received record-breaking snow, followed quickly by brutal winds and below-normal temperatures.
All the while, a mild winter and early snowmelt meant many parts of Alaska saw temps climb to almost 10 degrees above normal.
Fairbanks recorded its most short-lived snowpack in recent history this winter, with just 146 days of snow on the ground.
Anchorage has experienced above-normal temperatures for the better part of two months now. This is due to a persistent ridge in the jet stream centered over the 49th State. Record-high temperatures have been set for many locations.
The Southeast city of Klawock hit 70 degrees in March, making it the earliest recorded 70-degree day of the year for the entire state.
Following closely behind the record-setting bomb cyclone that hit the central U.S. in March, another monster storm spread from the West Coast to the upper Midwest bringing heavy rain, snow and powerful winds. On the heels of the storm, a potent cold front dropped temperatures to levels even some Alaskans might find cold in the midst of this mild spring.
Here is a quick look at forecast highs for some of the hardest-hit locations.
For reference, Denver’s normal high this time of year is a somewhat balmy 61 degrees.
Alaska is warmer
For this relatively short stretch, Alaska is warmer than much of the Lower 48. The forecast highs for Thursday for a good portion of Alaska are well above normal.
While Anchorage and Juneau don’t quite beat out New York or Boston for the top temperatures, recent days and ones to come easily top the 51-degree threshold.
The cold across the Lower 48 won’t last long, so if you plan on calling friends to brag, you better do it before temperatures return to normal and all of the snow melts.
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