Colder and drier than normal

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) March was a dry month for Juneau according to the National Weather service.

    In fact the National Weather service says only 2.53 inches of precipitation fell at the Juneau International airport, about an inch and a quarter below average.

    Meteorologist Jacob Byrd with the National Weather service said the average monthly temperature was 32.2 degrees, the warmest day was March 29th when it reached 49 degrees and the coolest day was March 6th when the recorded low was 10 degrees.

    Byrd predicted above average temperatures in April in Juneau.

    In the northern part of the panhandle Yakutat had an average daily high of 33.2, both saw some major swings, with a high of 50 degrees on March 23 and 24th and a lot of 1 degrees on March 2nd.

    Sitka averaged a daily high of 36.8 degrees in march.

    So far this year only 10.58 inches of precipitation has fallen in Juneau, that is three inches below normal

    The weather service says the southern southeast region is in a moderate drought while northern areas are abnormally dry this year.

    The historical average high temperature in April is 39.5 degrees.  Snowfall at the airport has been measured at 19.4 inches so far this year.


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