Record highs hit Juneau, state

Posted: Tuesday, May 21, 2002

Juneau broke a weather record Monday, hitting 75 degrees for the first time on a May 20 since officials started keeping tabs on temperatures.

In other parts of the state, it got even hotter.

The 90-year record of 74 degrees became history in Fairbanks when the temperature reached 80.

"There was a cold spot in the (weather) curve begging for correction and we got it," said Ted Fathauer, lead forecaster for the National Weather Service in Fairbanks. "Oh my, do we have it."

Though fire danger is up, much of the state enjoyed record-breaking temperatures.

Eielson Air Force Base reported a record high of 81 degrees, matching the temperature recorded in Galena on the Yukon River.

Tanana and Nenana warmed up to 79 degrees and Denali Park and Delta Junction had matching highs of 75 degrees.

"It's even sunny out on the Bering Sea coast," said Fathauer.

In Anchorage, the temperature reached record highs over the weekend and again Monday when the mercury hit 75. Away from the airport, which is cooled by Knik Arm breezes, the temperatures soared higher. On Sunday, Muldoon was the city's hot spot at 80 and had reached 78 by Monday afternoon. Colony Fire Station in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough reported 83.

"You just keep heating up until the sun goes down," said meteorologist Sam Albanese of the National Weather Service in Anchorage. "I think we've been 10 or 13 degrees above normal over the past couple of days. But the nighttime lows seem to have been pretty close to what they're supposed to be."

The gorgeous weather system was expected to last through at least the weekend in Southcentral and the Interior, Albanese said.

In Juneau, Monday's blue skies became cloudy today with a 30 percent chance of showers tonight. The forecast for Wednesday was much the same: Mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of showers with lows in the lower 40s.

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