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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Anchorage AK
322 PM AKDT Sat Nov 2 2019

...Anchorage International Airport Climate Highlights for
October 2019...

...3rd Warmest October...
...Tied for 10th Least Snowiest October...
...34th Wettest October...
...20th Consecutive Month of Above Normal Temperatures...

The period of record includes 68 Octobers.


October 2019 was the 3rd warmest October on record with an average
temperature of 41.8 degrees. This is 7.0 degrees above the normal
of 34.8 degrees.

Top 6 Warmest Octobers on Record (By Average Temperature)
1) 44.8 degrees- 2018
2) 43.9 degrees- 2013
3) 41.8 degrees- 2019
4-6) 41.1 degrees- 2002, 1979, 1969

October 2019 was the 20th consecutive month that ended above
normal for the month.

The average high in October 2019 was 47.5 degrees, which is 7.0
degrees above the normal of 40.5 degrees. The average low in
October 2019 was 36.0 degrees, which is 6.9 degrees above the
normal low of 29.1 degrees.

27 days in October had above normal temperatures
3 days in October had normal temperatures (within 1/2 degree)
1 day in October (the 7th) had below normal temperatures.

The most above normal day in October occurred on the 29th, which
was 21.5 degrees above the daily normal. The last day that was
more than 20 degrees above normal occurred on January 25th. The
most below normal day occurred on the 7th, which was 0.6 degrees
below the daily normal.

The warmest monthly high temperature in October was 54 degrees set
on both the 1st and the 28th. This ties multiple years for the
26th warmest monthly high temperature in October. The average
monthly high temperature is also 54 degrees.

The coldest monthly low temperature in October was 26 degrees set
on the 13th. This ties 2002 and 1954 for the 2nd warmest monthly
low temperature in October. The average monthly low temperature in
October is 13 degrees.

Top 5 Warmest Monthly Low Temperatures in October
1) 27 degrees- 2013
2-4) 26 degrees- 2019, 2002, 1954
5) 24 degrees- 1995

The low temperature on the 29th of 47 degrees is the latest in the
year a low above 46 degrees has been recorded.


October 2019 was the 34th wettest, or 35th driest October on
record, with 1.85 inches of precipitation recorded during the
month. The normal precipitation in October is 2.03 inches. Thus,
October had 91 percent of its normal precipitation occur during
the month.

This was the first below normal month in this streak, as last
month`s precipitation was above normal.

The wettest day in October occurred on the 10th, when 0.63 inches
of precipitation fell.

25 of 31 days in October had a trace or more of precipitation.
14 days had measurable precipitation.
6 days had a tenth of an inch or more of precipitation.
1 day had a quarter inch or more of precipitation.
1 day had a half inch or more of precipitation.

...Snowfall and Snow Season...

October 2019 was tied with 1969 for the 10th least snowiest
October on record, with 0.2 inches of snow measured during the
month. The normal snowfall for October is 7.9 inches.

The 0.2 inches of snow fell on the 16th, with a trace recorded on
the 15th. No other snow was recorded during the month. This was
the 16th October on record to end the month with less than 1 inch
of snow falling during the month.

The 0.2 inches of snow that fell in October is the only
measurable snow to fall during snow season 2019-2020 so far. The
normal snow season snowfall through the end of October is 8.3
inches. Thus, Anchorage has had just 2 percent of its normal
snowfall to date. This is the 10th least snowiest snow season to

...October 2019 vs. October 2018...

October 2019 was cooler, slightly drier and less snowy than
October 2018.

Temperature: 41.8 degrees in 2019 vs. 44.8 degrees in 2018.
Precipitation: 1.85 inches in 2019 vs. 2.81 inches in 2018.
Snowfall: 0.2 inches in 2019 vs. 0.4 inches in 2018.
Snow Season To Date: 0.2 inches in 2019-2020 vs. 0.4 inches in

...Daily Records Set in October 2019...

Type...........Date...New Record...Old Record (Year)

High Maximum...28th...54 degrees...52 degrees (2013)

High Minimum...24th...43 degrees...42 degrees (2018)
High Minimum...27th...38 degrees...38 degrees (2017)
High Minimum...28th...42 degrees...39 degrees (1970)
High Minimum...29th...47 degrees...39 degrees (1957)
High Minimum...30th...44 degrees...40 degrees (1954)

No low temperature, precipitation, or snowfall records were set
in October 2019.

...Daily Records Count for 2019 (Change)...

High Maximum....27 (+1)
High Minimum....40 (+5)
Low Maximum.....0
Low Minimum.....0

...Climate Highlights for November 2019...

Average High: 27.8 degrees
Average Temperature: 22.2 degrees
Average Low: 16.6 degrees
Average Precipitation: 1.16 inches
Average Snowfall: 13.1 inches

...Calendar of Astronomy and Holidays...

Beginning of the Month Daylight: 8 hours 31 minutes
Last Sunset before 5pm: Nov. 2nd (Due to DST Ending)
First Quarter Moon: Nov. 4th at 1:23am
Last Day with More than 8 Hours of Daylight: Nov. 6th
Veterans Day: Nov. 11th
Full Moon (Beaver Moon): Nov. 12th at 4:34am
Last Sunrise Before 9am: Nov. 13th
Last Day with More than 7 Hours of Daylight: Nov. 18th
Third Quarter Moon: Nov. 19th at 12:10pm
Last Sunset before 4pm: Nov. 25th
New Moon: Nov. 26th at 6:05am
Thanksgiving Day: Nov. 28th
End of the Month Daylight: 6 hours 10 minutes
Total Monthly Daylight Loss: 2 hours 21 minutes