ALASKA EXTREMES: Utqiagvik (Barrow) Gets Biggest July Snow In 55 Years While Juneau Ties Record For Warmest Night

Written by on July 11, 2018 in United States of America with 0 Comments

It’s been a weird open to July 2018 for the Last Frontier with Utqiagvik on the Arctic coast receiving it’s biggest July snow since 1963.

According to the NWS at Utqiagvik (former known as Barrow) 2 inches of snow fell thanks to the passage of a cold front associated with a storm over the Arctic Ocean. This recent July snow marks only the 6th occurrence in which 2 inches of snow has fallen within a calendar day in July since 1902. The biggest single-day July snowfall was 6 inches back in 1922.

Meanwhile in the central and southern half of Alaska it was anything but cold. In fact it was record warm in cities from Fairbanks down to Anchorage and Juneau.

Anchorage and Juneau observed their warmest first week of July on record. It reached 80 degrees twice within the opening 7 days of the month in a place where it often fails make 80.

In typically rainy Juneau, it reached 80 or higher 3 straight days and on the same day Utqiagvik got it’s snow Anchorage only dipped to 62 degrees, just 1 degree off it’s record for warmest night on record.

After tying a record high of 84 degrees, Juneau dipped to just 60 degrees which tied it’s record for warmest ever night.

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