The Kenai Fjords area saw a return to more typical temperatures in February when the average monthly temperature dropped below freezing, yet remained slightly above the 30-year normal (1981-2010) for the month. Precipitation amounts dried up significantly from the previous month. While January received 150% of normal precipitation, February received only 10% of normal. The little measurable precipitation that was recorded arrived during the second half of the month and was unsuccessful in bringing snowpack levels back up to normal. See below to learn more about February’s thin snowpack.
As recorded at the Seward airport, total precipitation was 0.62 inches (10% of normal), 5.43 inches below the 30-year average (1981- 2010) for the month. The monthly average temperature for February was 29.7 degrees F; 1.4 degrees F above the 30-year average. Winds were variable throughout the month with a maximum daily average wind speed of 21.8 mph recorded on February 9th. A maximum wind gust of 47 mph was recorded on February 10th.
With 570,374 square miles, Alaska is twice the size of Texas and 1/5 the size of the rest of the United States. It stretches 2,400 miles east-to-west and 1,420 miles north-to-south. Its 6,640-mile coastline is 50 percent longer than the combined east and west coasts of the United States.