Anchorage has a chilly summer

Posted: Monday, September 08, 2008

ANCHORAGE - Summer in Anchorage was generally cool and dreary in 2008, with only two days in July above 70 degrees.

The National Weather Service says that on average, Anchorage has 16 days when high temperatures are at least 70 degrees.

But the agency says this year "an astonishing 77 percent" of days were colder than normal.

The two days above 70 degrees this year sets a new record for the fewest days to reach 70 degrees.

Overall, the Weather Service ranks the summer of 2008 as having the third-coolest average high temperatures since record keeping began. Only the summers of 1973 and 1971 were worse. In overall average daily temperatures, 2008 ranked 11th place.

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