Sun sweeps SE records away

Forecaster says there's more to come

Posted: Monday, April 25, 2005

With the unseasonably warm temperatures of the past three days, it's a good time to get outside. And the National Weather Service is predicting the nice weather will stick around through the end of this week.

"It's going to be nice for awhile," said Julia Ruthford, meteorologist at the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration's Juneau office of the National Weather Service. "There's a marine stratus coming in the Southern panhandle, but as far as the Juneau area, it looks like it's going to stay clear and sunny through mid-week."

Temperatures are expected to cool slightly on Thursday and Friday, she said. Rain clouds may begin arriving near the end of next weekend.

"The real hot days should be in the beginning of the week, and then it may cool off," she said. "It should still stay way above normal for daytime temperatures."

On Sunday, the National Weather Service office on Montana Creek Road recorded a high of 73 degrees. That's 22 degrees higher than the average daily high of 51. The top temperature at the Juneau International Airport as of 6 p.m. was 66. The record for April 24 is 70.

In Klawock, Sunday's high was 79, breaking the old record of 73. Haines reached 71, and Gustavus and Hoonah also set new marks.

On Saturday, the Juneau airport recorded a high of 65, tying the old record in 1997.

Meanwhile, the National Weather Service office on Annette Island, south of Ketchikan, scored a high of 76, beating the previous record for April 23 - 69 in 1997. Klawock also recorded 76, crushing the previous-high of 63 on April 23, 1983.

Skagway's Saturday high of 71 broke the record of 69 in 1931. Gustavus' 63, beat the 61 set in 1996. Hoonah hit 65, besting 58 in 1996. Wrangell recorded 68, shattering the 58 set in 1998. Haines' 68 tied the high in 1979.

April 2004 was wet, with an inch and a half more precipitation than normal, Ruthford said. Last May, however, was extremely dry - 2.6 inches below normal. The average maximum daily temperature at the Juneau airport last May was 6.3 degrees above normal.

April has been above average for total preciptation. Juneau has received 2.94 inches of rain so far, and the average for the month is 2.96.

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