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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ANCHORAGE AK
1200 PM AKST WED JAN 5 2022

...ANCHORAGE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT CLIMATE HIGHLIGHTS FOR
DECEMBER 2021...

...34TH WARMEST/36TH COLDEST DECEMBER...
...33RD WETTEST/35TH DRIEST DECEMBER...
...30TH LEAST SNOWIEST DECEMBER...
...COLDEST MONTHLY LOW IN DECEMBER SINCE 2013...
...LEAST SNOWIEST DECEMBER SINCE 2017...
...COLDEST DECEMBER SINCE 2016...

THE PERIOD OF RECORD INCLUDES 70 DECEMBERS.

...TEMPERATURE...

DECEMBER 2021 WAS THE 34TH WARMEST DECEMBER ON RECORD WITH AN 
AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 16.9 DEGREES. THIS IS 2.5 DEGREES BELOW
THE NORMAL OF 19.4 DEGREES.

THE AVERAGE HIGH IN DECEMBER WAS 22.6 DEGREES, WHICH WAS 2.4 
DEGREES BELOW THE NORMAL OF 25.0 DEGREES. THE AVERAGE LOW WAS 11.2
DEGREES, WHICH WAS 2.6 DEGREES BELOW THE NORMAL OF 13.8 DEGREES.

DECEMBER 2021 WAS THE COLDEST DECEMBER SINCE 2016.

15 DAYS IN DECEMBER HAD ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES. 
14 DAYS IN DECEMBER HAD BELOW NORMAL TEMPERATURES. 
2 DAYS IN DECEMBER HAD NORMAL TEMPERATURES (WITHIN 1/2 DEGREE).

6 DAYS IN DECEMBER WERE 5 DEGREES OR MORE ABOVE THE DAILY NORMAL. 
11 DAYS IN DECEMBER WERE 5 DEGREES OR MORE BELOW THE DAILY NORMAL. 

4 DAYS IN DECEMBER WERE 10 DEGREES OR MORE ABOVE THE DAILY NORMAL.
7 DAYS IN DECEMBER WERE 10 DEGREES OR MORE BELOW THE DAILY NORMAL.

0 DAYS IN DECEMBER WERE 15 DEGREES OR MORE ABOVE THE DAILY NORMAL.
5 DAYS IN DECEMBER WERE 15 DEGREES OR MORE BELOW THE DAILY NORMAL.

2 DAYS IN DECEMBER WERE 20 DEGREES OR MORE BELOW THE DAILY NORMAL.

THE MOST ABOVE NORMAL DAY IN DECEMBER OCCURRED ON THE 6TH, WHICH
WAS 13.8 DEGREES WARMER THAN THE DAILY NORMAL.

THE MOST BELOW NORMAL DAY IN DECEMBER OCCURRED ON THE 13TH, WHICH 
WAS 21.5 DEGREES COLDER THAN THE DAILY NORMAL.

THE WARMEST DAILY HIGH IN DECEMBER OCCURRED ON THE 28TH, WHEN THE 
HIGH REACHED 40 DEGREES. THIS TIES SEVERAL OTHER YEARS FOR THE 
22ND COLDEST MONTHLY HIGH IN DECEMBER. THIS WAS THE COLDEST 
DECEMBER MONTHLY HIGH SINCE 2016. THE NORMAL MONTHLY HIGH IN 
DECEMBER IS 41 DEGREES.

THE COLDEST DAILY LOW IN DECEMBER OCCURRED ON BOTH THE 13TH AND
THE 15TH, WHEN THE LOW DROPPED TO 9 BELOW. THIS TIES SEVERAL 
OTHER YEARS FOR THE 28TH WARMEST MONTHLY LOW IN DECEMBER. THIS 
WAS THE COLDEST DECEMBER MONTHLY LOW SINCE 2013. THE NORMAL 
MONTHLY LOW IN DECEMBER IS 10 BELOW.

DECEMBER HAD 1 DAY WITH HIGHS OF 40 OR MORE. AVERAGE: 2 DAYS.
DECEMBER HAD 6 DAYS WITH HIGHS ABOVE FREEZING. AVERAGE: 6 DAYS.
DECEMBER HAD 22 DAYS WITH HIGHS OF 20 OR MORE. AVERAGE: 21 DAYS.
DECEMBER HAD 26 DAYS WITH HIGHS OF 10 OR MORE. AVERAGE: 27 DAYS.
DECEMBER HAD ALL 31 DAYS WITH HIGHS ABOVE ZERO. AVERAGE: 30 DAYS. 

DECEMBER HAD 5 DAYS WITH LOWS BELOW 0. AVERAGE: 6 DAYS.
DECEMBER HAD 12 DAYS WITH LOWS IN THE SINGLE DIGITS AND COLDER. 
AVERAGE: 13 DAYS. 
DECEMBER HAD 23 DAYS WITH LOWS IN THE 10S AND COLDER. AVERAGE: 21 DAYS. 
DECEMBER HAD 30 DAYS WITH LOWS BELOW FREEZING. AVERAGE: 30 DAYS. 
DECEMBER 2021'S 5 NIGHTS WITH LOWS BELOW 0 IS THE MOST SUB-ZERO
LOWS SINCE 2013. 

...PRECIPITATION...

DECEMBER 2021 WAS THE 33RD WETTEST DECEMBER ON RECORD, WITH 1.06 
INCHES OF PRECIPITATION MEASURED FOR THE MONTH. THE NORMAL 
PRECIPITATION IN DECEMBER IS 1.16 INCHES. THUS, DECEMBER HAD 91% 
OF ITS NORMAL PRECIPITATION.

THE WETTEST DAY IN DECEMBER WAS ON THE 20TH, WITH 0.38 INCHES OF 
PRECIPITATION MEASURED.

25 OF 31 DAYS IN DECEMBER HAD A TRACE OR MORE OF PRECIPITATION. 
13 DAYS HAD MEASURABLE PRECIPITATION. 
2 DAYS HAD 1/10 INCH OR MORE OF PRECIPITATION. 
1 DAY HAD 1/4 INCH OR MORE OF PRECIPITATION. 

...SNOWFALL...

DECEMBER 2021 WAS THE 30TH LEAST SNOWIEST DECEMBER ON RECORD WITH
11.5 INCHES OF SNOWFALL MEASURED FOR THE MONTH. THE NORMAL 
SNOWFALL FOR DECEMBER IS 18.2 INCHES. THUS, DECEMBER HAD 63% OF 
ITS NORMAL SNOWFALL.

THE SNOWIEST DAY IN DECEMBER WAS ON THE 1ST, WHEN 3.1 INCHES OF 
SNOW WERE MEASURED.

22 DAYS IN DECEMBER HAD A TRACE OR MORE OF SNOW.
12 DAYS IN DECEMBER HAD MEASURABLE SNOW. 
3 DAYS IN DECEMBER HAD 1 INCH OR MORE OF SNOW.
2 DAYS IN DECEMBER HAD 2 INCHES OR MORE OF SNOW.

...SNOW SEASON...

30.3 INCHES OF SNOW HAVE BEEN MEASURED THIS SNOW SEASON THROUGH 
THE END OF DECEMBER. THE NORMAL SNOW SEASON SNOW THROUGH THE END 
OF DECEMBER IS 36.8 INCHES. THUS, ANCHORAGE HAS HAD 82% OF ITS 
NORMAL SNOW SEASON SNOW THROUGH THE END OF DECEMBER. ANCHORAGE IS 
6.5 INCHES BELOW NORMAL FOR TOTAL SNOW SEASON SNOW THROUGH THE 
END OF DECEMBER.

...DECEMBER 2021 VS. DECEMBER 2020...

DECEMBER 2021 WAS MUCH COLDER, DRIER, AND MUCH LESS SNOWY THAN 
DECEMBER 2020.

TEMPERATURE: 16.9 DEGREES IN 2021 VS. 22.6 DEGREES IN 2020. 
PRECIPITATION: 1.06 INCHES IN 2021 VS. 1.49 INCHES IN 2020. 
SNOWFALL: 10.6 INCHES IN 2021 VS. 22.2 INCHES IN 2020. 
SNOW SEASON: 30.3 INCHES IN 2021-2022 VS. 36.1 INCHES IN 2020-2021.

...DAILY RECORDS SET IN DECEMBER 2021...

TYPE............DATE...NEW RECORD....OLD RECORD (YEAR)

NO DAILY RECORDS WERE SET IN DECEMBER 2021.

...DAILY RECORDS COUNT FOR 2021 (CHANGE) [MOST RECENT PREVIOUS]...

HIGH MAXIMUM....5 (00) [JULY 18, 2021] 
HIGH MINIMUM....4 (00) [OCTOBER 31, 2021] 
LOW MAXIMUM.....6 (00) [NOVEMBER 28, 2021] 
LOW MINIMUM.....5 (00) [SEPTEMBER 30, 2021] 
PRECIPITATION...7 (00) [SEPTEMBER 23, 2021] 
SNOWFALL........2 (00) [NOVEMBER 11, 2021] 
SNOW DEPTH......10 (00) [APRIL 16, 2021] 

...ANNUAL STATISTICS FOR 2021...

THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE IN ANCHORAGE FOR THE 2021 YEAR WAS 35.8
DEGREES. THIS TIES 2006, 1989, AND 1967. THIS WAS THE 24TH COOLEST
YEAR ON RECORD. 2021 WAS THE COOLEST YEAR SINCE 2012.

15.45 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION WERE MEASURED AT ANCHORAGE
INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT IN 2021. THIS WAS THE DRIEST YEAR SINCE
2019. 2021 WAS THE 30TH DRIEST YEAR ON RECORD. 1952 AND 1953 WERE
EXCLUDED DUE TO MISSING DATA.

...CLIMATE HIGHLIGHTS FOR JANUARY 2022...

NORMAL HIGH: 22.7 DEGREES. 
NORMAL TEMPERATURE: 16.9 DEGREES. - COLDEST MONTH
NORMAL LOW: 11.0 DEGREES. 
NORMAL PRECIPITATION: 0.75 INCHES.
NORMAL SNOWFALL: 12.4 INCHES.

WARMEST JANUARY: 32.0 DEGREES AVERAGE TEMPERATURE (1977). 
WARMEST DAY: 50 DEGREES ON JANUARY 27, 2014. 
COLDEST JANUARY: 2.7 DEGREES AVERAGE TEMPERATURE (1971). 
COLDEST DAY: -34 BELOW DEGREES ON JANUARY 5, 1975. 
WETTEST JANUARY: 2.71 INCHES (1987). 
WETTEST DAY: 1.10 INCHES ON JANUARY 31, 1987. 
DRIEST JANUARY: 0.02 INCHES (1982).
SNOWIEST JANUARY: 34.4 INCHES (2000).
LEAST SNOWIEST JANUARY: 0.5 INCHES (1982).
SNOWIEST DAY: 11.2 INCHES ON JANUARY 3, 2007.

...CALENDAR OF ASTRONOMY AND FEDERAL HOLIDAYS...

BEGINNING OF THE MONTH DAYLIGHT: 5 HOURS 40 MINUTES.
NEW YEAR'S DAY: JANUARY 1.
NEW MOON: JANUARY 2 AT 9:33AM.
SUNSET AT 4PM: JANUARY 5.
FIRST DAY GAINING MORE THAN 3 MINUTES OF DAYLIGHT PER DAY: JANUARY 7.
6 HOURS OF DAYLIGHT: JANUARY 8.
FIRST QUARTER MOON: JANUARY 9 AT 9:11AM.
FIRST DAY WITH SUNRISE BEFORE 10AM: JANUARY 13.
FIRST DAY GAINING MORE THAN 4 MINUTES OF DAYLIGHT PER DAY: JANUARY 14.
MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY: JANUARY 17.
FULL (WOLF) MOON: JANUARY 17 AT 2:48PM.
FIRST DAY WITH MORE THAN 7 HOURS OF DAYLIGHT: JANUARY 23.
THIRD QUARTER MOON: JANUARY 25 AT 4:40AM.
FIRST DAY GAINING MORE THAN 5 MINUTES OF DAYLIGHT PER DAY: JANUARY 26.
FIRST DAY WITH SUNSET AFTER 5PM: JANUARY 30.
NEW (BLACK) MOON: JANUARY 31 AT 8:46PM.

END OF THE MONTH DAYLIGHT: 7 HOURS 44 MINUTES. 
TOTAL MONTHLY DAYLIGHT GAIN: 2 HOURS 4 MINUTES.

NEXT ECLIPSE VIEWABLE IN ANCHORAGE: 
TOTAL LUNAR ECLIPSE- NOVEMBER 7-8, 2022 AT 1:59AM 11/8.

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