February 2012 Weather Summary
Contact: Deb Kurtz, (907) 422-0544
February kicked-off with a series of low pressure systems that brought warmer temperatures, snow, and strong, gusty winds to the Kenai Fjords area resulting in blizzard conditions and multiple avalanches on the Seward Highway. The Exit Glacier Coop weather station recorded 76" of new snowfall during the month. As of February 29th, seasonal snowfall amounts at Exit Glacier totaled 213".
As recorded at the Seward airport, total precipitation for the month was 8.1 inches (134% of normal), 2.05 inches above the average monthly precipitation. The monthly average temperature was 31.1 degrees F; 2.8 degrees F above the 30- year average (1981-2010) for this month. February 6th was the warmest day of the month with a high of 43 degrees F; February 4th was the coldest day with a low of 12 degrees F. The highest wind gusts of the month were recorded on February 2nd when the Seward airport recorded a maximum wind gust of 49 mph and the Harding Icefield RAWS recorded a maximum wind gust of 119.5 mph (the second highest wind gust observed at this station). The windiest day of the month at the Seward airport was February 28th with an average wind speed of 24.5 mph.
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Did You Know?
With 570,374 square miles, Alaska is twice the size of Texas and 1/5 the size of the rest of the United States. It stretches 2,400 miles east-to-west and 1,420 miles north-to-south. Its 6,640-mile coastline is 50 percent longer than the combined east and west coasts of the United States.