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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Anchorage AK
1227 PM AKDT Wed May 1 2024

...Anchorage International Airport Climate Highlights for
April 2024...

...32nd Warmest/42nd Coldest April...
...56th Driest/18th Wettest April...

The period of record includes 73 Aprils.

*** Delineates 2024 in the lists below.

...Temperature...

April 2024 was the 32nd warmest April on record with an average
temperature of 37.5 degrees. This is 0.0 degrees above/below the
normal of 37.5 degrees.

Top 5 Warmest Aprils By Average Temperature
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1) 43.5 degrees in 2016.
2) 40.7 degrees in 2015.
3) 40.6 degrees in 1993.
4) 40.3 degrees in 1995 2017.
5) 40.2 degrees in 1998.


Top 5 Coldest Aprils By Average Temperature
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1) 26.8 degrees in 1972.
2) 28.4 degrees in 1985.
3) 29.3 degrees in 2013.
4) 30.8 degrees in 2002.
5) 31.0 degrees in 1955 1986.

The average high in April 2024 was 44.8 degrees, which was 0.3
degrees below the normal of 45.1 degrees. The average low was 30.2
degrees, which was 0.3 degrees above the normal of 29.9 degrees.

11 days in April had above normal temperatures. 12 days in April
had below normal temperatures. 7 days in April had normal
temperatures (within 1/2 degree).

1 day in April was 5 degrees or more above the daily normal.
1 day in April was 5 degrees or more below the daily normal.

The most above normal day in April occurred on the 20th, which
was 6.3 degree warmer than the daily normal.

The most below normal day in April occurred on the 2nd, which
was 5.3 degrees colder than the daily normal.

The warmest daily high in April occurred on the 27th, when the
high reached 58 degrees. This ties 6 six previous years, the
latest in 2016, as the 16th warmest monthly high in April.

Top 5 Warmest Monthly Highs in April
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1) 69 degrees - 2005.
2) 65 degrees - 1976.
3) 63 degrees - 1979.
4) 62 degrees - 1965.
5) 61 degrees - 1958 1995 2009 2010 2021.

The coldest daily low in April occurred on the 2nd and 3rd, when the
low dropped to 20 degrees. This ties 1961, 2000, 2005, and 2015 for
the 41st coldest monthly low in April.

Top 5 Coldest Monthly Lows in April
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1) -4 degrees - 1985.
2) 1 degree - 2004.
3) 2 degrees - 1952 1986.
4) 3 degrees - 1972.
5) 4 degrees - 2021.

Number of days in April
-----------------------

High Temperature of 50 degrees or warmer - 8 days
High Temperature of 40 degrees or warmer - 22 days
High Temperature of 30 degrees or warmer - 30 days

Low Temperature of 20 degrees or less - 2 days
Low Temperature of 30 degrees or less - 14 days
Low Temperature of 40 degrees or less - 30 days


...Precipitation...

April 2024 was the 18th wettest on record, with 0.80
inches of precipitation measured for the month. The normal
precipitation for April is 0.43 inches.

Top 5 Wettest Aprils on Record
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1) 1.91 inches - 1977.
2) 1.82 inches - 2008.
3) 1.78 inches - 1963.
4) 1.71 inches - 1975.
5) 1.38 inches - 1961.

Top 5 Driest Aprils on Record
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1) Trace - 1969.
2) 0.01 inches - 1957.
3) 0.02 inches - 1978 2016.
4) 0.03 inches - 1954.
5) 0.08 inches - 1953 1992 1995 1996 2014.

The wettest day in April was on the 1st, with 0.33 inches of
precipitation measured. The second wettest day in April was on
the 4th, with 0.24 inches of precipitation measured.

Number of days in April
-----------------------

Daily Precipitation of a trace or more - 10 days
Daily Precipitation of 0.01 inches (measurable) or more - 7 days
Daily Precipitation of 0.10 inches or more - 2 days
Daily precipitation of 0.25 inches or more - 1 day

...Snowfall...

9.0 inches of snow was measured in April 2024. The normal
monthly snowfall for April is 4.0 inches.

Top 5 Snowiest Aprils on Record
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1) 30.8 inches - 2008.
2) 27.6 inches - 1963.
3) 18.7 inches - 1955.
4) 16.1 inches - 1975.
5) 16.0 inches - 2013.

Top 5 Least Snowiest Aprils on Record
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1) 0.0 inches - 1993 1995 2016.
2) Trace - 1957 1969 1978 1989 1991 1992 2007 2017.
3) 0.1 inches - 2002.
4) 0.2 inches - 1997.
5) 0.3 inches - 1953.

The snowiest day in April was on the 10th, with 4.6 inches of
snow measured. The second snowiest days in April were on the 8th
and 9th with 2.1 inches of snow measured.

Number of days in April
-----------------------

Daily Snowfall of a trace or more - 9 days
Daily Snowfall of 0.1 inches (measurable) or more - 7 days
Daily Snowfall of 1.0 inches or more - 2 days

...Snow Depth...

The average snow depth for April 2024 was 14.0 inches. The
minimum snow depth was 0 inches beginning on the 28th. The
maximum snow depth was 25 inches on the 2nd.

Top 5 Maximum April Snow Depths
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1) 30 inches - 2004 2023.
2) 25 inches - 2022 2012 2021 2024.***
3) 24 inches - 2017.
4) 23 inches - 2013.
5) 22 inches - 2020.


...April 2024 vs. April 2023...

April 2024 was warmer and wetter than April 2023.

Temperature: 37.5 degrees in 2024 vs. 32.4 degrees in 2023.
Precipitation: 0.80 inches in 2024 vs. 0.57 inches in 2023.
Snowfall: 9.0" in 2024 vs. 10.0" in 2023.

...Daily Records Set in April 2024...

Type............Date...New Record....Old Record (Year)

High Temperature...April 20th....57degF....55degF (2014)

...Daily Records Count for 2024 (Change) [Most Recent
Previous]...

Warmest High....4 (+01)[April 20th]
Warmest Low.....0 (00)[n/a]
Coolest High....0 (00) [n/a]
Coolest Low.....2 (00) [February 1st]
Precipitation...4 (00) [March 30th]
Snowfall........4 (00) [February 24th]


...Climate Highlights for May 2024...

Normal High: 56.3 degrees.
Normal Average Temperature: 48.1 degrees.
Normal Low: 40.0 degrees.
Normal Precipitation: 0.43 inches.
Normal Snowfall: 0.3 inches

Warmest May: 52.5 degrees average temperature (2014).
Warmest Day: 77 degrees on May 24th, 1969 and May 21st, 2002.
Coldest May: 41.1 degrees average temperature (1964).
Coldest Day: 17.0 degrees on May 10th, 1964.
Wettest May: 2.18 inches (2019).
Wettest Day: 0.97 inches on May 30th, 1980.
Driest May: 0.02 (1955 1957).

...Calendar of Astronomy and Federal Holidays...

Total Daylight on May 1st: 16 hours 17 minutes 39 seconds.
Total Daylight on May 31st: 18 hours 42 minutes 49 seconds.
Total Daylight gained: 2 hours 25 minutes 10 seconds.
First day with 17 hours of daylight: May 9th.
First day with 18 hours of daylight: May 21st.
First day with sunrise before 5 AM AKDT: May 20th.
First day with sunset after 11 PM AKDT: May 22nd.

Lowest Solar Noon Sun Angle: 44.2 degrees above the horizon
(May 1st).
Highest Solar Noon Sun Angle: 50.9 degrees above the horizon
(May 31st).
Total Monthly Increase of the Solar Noon Sun Angle with respect
to the horizon: 6.7 degrees.

Last Quarter Moon: May 1st at 3:27 AM AKDT.
New Moon: May 7th at 7:21 PM AKDT.
First Quarter Moon: May 15th at 3:48 AM AKDT.
Full Moon (Flower Moon): May 23rd at 5:53 AM AKDT.

Memorial Day: May 27th.

...Upcoming Meteor Showers and Eclipses...

Eta Aquariid Meteor Shower: May 4th and 5th, 2024. (peak of event)

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