During the first 21 days of November 2014, no recordable snow fell in Anchorage, Juneau or Fairbanks. Over an unusual swath of the state, the ground was frozen, dusty and brown. Even extreme parts of Alaska were in a snow drought.
“No manual observation site has even had 10 inches of snow this month, including the usually snowy places on the south slope of the Alaska Range or northern Southeast,” said Rick Thoman, a go-to weather history guy with the National Weather Service in Fairbanks. “The North Slope is the only area with even remotely close to normal snow.”