Southeast drought is mostly over

    Snowfall amounts for February were about twice what we normally receive.

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The drought conditions were reduced to abnormally dry in Southeast Alaska by the National Weather Service.

    Meteorologist Cody Moore said 32.5 inches of snow fell at the Juneau International Airport during February.  The normal amount is 16.8 inches.

    Total liquid precipitation was 7.78 inches about 188 percent of normal.

    "We are out of any major drought situation for the entire panhandle.  The precipitation was fantastic for us.  In fact, Sitka and Ketchikan received almost double the regular amount of precipitation in February," he added.

    The Juneau area set a record for rainfall, 1.6 inches on February 11, breaking the old record of 1.01 inches set in 1996.

    Sitka also set a record for daily rainfall on February 11 with 2.13 inches.  That broke the 2013 record of 1.2 inches.

    Juneau also had warmer temperatures.  The average high was 37 degrees and the average low was 35 degrees.  The average high is 35 degrees and the average low is 25 degrees during February.

    Juneau recorded a high of 42 degrees on February 27 and a low of 15 degrees on February 2.

    Moore predicted March would bring below-average temperatures and normal amounts of precipitation.

     

     

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