Alaska Experiences Fourth Colder than Normal Winter in a Row


Data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) show that 2023 was the fourth year in a row that Alaska has experienced colder than normal winters. 2023’s cold winter confounded NOAA’s early long range forecast for the season, which said:

The U.S. Winter Outlook 2022-2023 map for temperature shows the greatest chances for warmer-than-average conditions in western Alaska, and the Central Great Basin and Southwest extending through the Southern Plains.

The Old Farmer’s Almanac also missed the forecasts. It predicted a “much milder than normal winter” for 2022-23 with “below average snowfall.”

According to data, historic snowfall totals of more than 8.2 feet (250 cm) fell across much of Alaska, and Anchorage set a new record for leftover snow that stayed on the ground well into April.

April was also a historically cold month across Alaska, with an average temperature of -8.7 degrees Celsius, which is 5.5 degrees Celsius below the multi-decadal norm and the fourth coldest April in 99 years of NOAA records.

Alaska snowfall continued into May, breaking even more records, as seen in this Twitter video.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here