It’s March in Alaska and the Temperature Just Hit 71 Degrees
Alaska has had plenty of uncharacteristic weather in recent months, but Thursday took it to a new extreme.
The temperature measured at Klawock Airport in Southeast Alaska hit 71 degrees, which University of Alaska Fairbanks climate researcher Brian Brettschneider said is a record high for the state for the month of March, in any year on record.Related
Before 2016, Alaska temperatures in March hadn’t hit the 70-degree mark for any years on record.
Brettschneider said the previous March record-high temperature in Alaska was 69 degrees, recorded in Ketchikan on March 28, 1915.
Rick Thoman, climate science and services manager with National Weather Service Alaska, confirmed the new record, based on preliminary data.