Heavy snow fell in the greater Juneau area January 10-11. Snowfall totals of 12 to 15 inches (30-40cm) were reported, including downtown and on Douglas Island. The 11" of snow at the Juneau Airport is the greatest 2-day snowfall total since 13.6" on March 12-13, 2017.
A northward moving storm centered over the Gulf of Alaska brought damaging winds to parts of the Panhandle on December 10 and 11. Hardest hit was Prince of Wales Island, where winds gusted to 61 mph at Hydaburg and trees blown over during the storm blocked a road in Craig.
Anchorage Airport received 32.6" (83.8cm) of snow in December. This is almost double normal and is the highest December total since 2006.
A strong, complex storm buffeted the Aleutians and Alaska Peninsula Dec 30 and 31. Most areas saw winds top out in the 55 to 65 mph range, with locally higher speeds reported. At Cold Bay, the wind gusted to 79 mph and Sand Point reported 82 mph. Winds to 60 mph also occurred as far north as Platinum and Cape Romanzof on the southwest mainland coast.
Between September and November 2018, Alaska, the majority of the Yukon Territory, and a small portion of northwestern Northwest Territories (NT) experienced warmer than average conditions.
Bettles was exceptionally snowy in December. The 62.4" (158cm) of new snow was almost 18" more than the previous highest amount in December. The previous highest snowfall total for any month was 55.8" (142cm) in January 1973. Climate observations have been made in the Bettles area since 1944.
Heavy snow fell in parts of the Anchorage area during the afternoon and evening of December 14. Amounts of five to seven inches (13-18cm) fell in less than six hours over much of midtown and West Anchorage. Amounts were lighter in the Eagle River and south Anchorage areas, with a general two to four inches.
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For the first time ever, Kotzebue recorded an autumn with an average temperature above freezing. The September through November average daily temperature was 33.7°F (0.9°C). This is 8.5°F (4.7°C) above normal and easily exceeds the previous warmest autumn of 32.0°F (0.0°C) set in 2002.
While much of Alaska has had limited snowfall in the autumn, that has not been the case everywhere. At Eagle, 24.5" (62.2cm) of snow was reported. This is twice the normal November snowfall and the most since 2010. The 10.0" (25.4cm) of snow on November 21 was just shy of the November calendar day record of 11.0" (27.9cm) that fell on November 23, 1924.
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