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Late-May Snow Sets Multiple Records In Alaska

May 19, 2013

By The Anchorage Daily News


The unseasonable snowfall Friday and Saturday has set a slew of new records in Anchorage, the National Weather Service says.

The 2012-13 snow season was 232 days long as of Saturday, the longest on record for the city, according to a Weather Service statement.

The previous record was 230 days, set in 1981-82. The season is measured from the first day of measurable snowfall -- Sept. 29 this season -- until the last.

The high temperature Friday was 37 degrees, which set a new daily record for the coldest maximum temperature on May 17. The old record was a high of 44 degrees in 1971, according to the Weather Service.

And finally, the 0.3 inches of snowfall on Friday in Anchorage set a daily record for May 17. Another 0.1 inches had fallen by 10 a.m. Saturday, also a daily record.

Here is how much snow landed in each corner of town and in parts of the Mat-Su, between Friday afternoon and 4 p.m. Saturday, according to the Weather Service:


--Upper De Armoun: 6.0 inches

--Upper O`Malley: 4.0 inches

--De Armoun/Birch: 3.5 inches

--Paradise Valley: 2.5 inches

--Seward Highway near Campbell Creek: 1.9 inches

--Weather Service Sand Lake office: 0.4 inches

Eagle River

--Hiland Road: 9.1 inches

--Eagle River Road Mile 6: 6.3 inches

--Eaglewood Subdivision: 4.4

--Chugiak: 4.0 inches

--Palmer: 3.6 inches


Copyright Anchorage Daily News (AK) 2013


Story image: Still image of Flattop Mountain, Alaska, from the Alaska Department of Natural Resources` web camera, May 19, 2013. Thanks to dnr.alaska.gov

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