Barrow had its sixth warmest year on record

Posted: Tuesday, January 19, 2010

BARROW - The northernmost city in the United States had a warm and snowy 2009.

The Arctic Sounder newspaper reported that Barrow had 60.2 inches of snow last year, making it the sixth snowiest on record. Six of the 10 snowiest years in Barrow have occurred within the last 20 years, including a record 66.4 inches in 2008.

Despite the snowfall, Barrow enjoyed its sixth warmest year on record.

The average temperature for the year was 13.6 degrees, 3.2 degrees above normal.

A record streak of 68 consecutive days of above-freezing temperatures began July 1 and ended Sept. 7.

The highest temperature of the year was 74 degrees, recorded on July 14. The coldest temperature was 47 below zero on Feb. 12.

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