Kodiak keeps up slow creep to winter snow record


KODIAK — Kodiak is continuing a steady if unspectacular creep toward its winter snowfall record, according to the latest summaries from the Alaska Climate Research Center.

According to the center’s tally of results from February, Kodiak saw no new temperature or snowfall records, even as it recorded almost 170 percent of its average snowfall.

As of March 11, Kodiak has received 131.5 inches of snow this winter, making it the third-snowiest on record. The record is 148.6 inches, set during the winter of 2007-2008. That winter saw a blizzard dump almost a foot and a half of powder on Kodiak between Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

This February lacked a major storm like that one but still managed to accumulate 26.3 inches of snow. Total precipitation, which includes rain and sleet as well as snow, was 6.6 inches, more than the average of 6.14 inches.

Temperatures were slightly above average, as Alaska enjoyed its recovery from a frigid January. Of the 20 weather stations surveyed regularly by the climate center, 18 registered above-normal average temperatures for February. Only Cold Bay and St. Paul were below average.

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