Climate

Climate varies across the world, due to location and topography. Anchorage has had various record-breaking climates, ranging from rainfall to freezing temperatures. This allows Anchorage the ability to be diverse in its many storms, making it such a unique city to research.

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According to the National Weather Service, the warmest annual temperature in Anchorage was in 1978, at a brisk 39.8 degrees Fahrenheit, with the highest temperature being recorded in Alaska at 100 degrees Fahrenheit. The coldest annual temperature in Anchorage was in 1956, at a freezing 31.2 degrees Fahrenheit; with the coldest day in Alaska being recorded at -80 degrees Fahrenheit. In comparison, the average temperature in the continental US (excluding Alaska and Hawaii) is a mild 52.7 degrees Fahrenheit.

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Precipitation is much different. It may seem like Alaska only gets snow, but it does get its fair share of rain. As a matter of fact, Anchorage received continuous rainfall for 17 consecutive days. The highest annual rainfall total for Anchorage was in 1989, at 27.55 inches; 2.76 inches coming in one day. The lowest rainfall total in a year was in 1969, at just 8.08 inches.

Sources are hyperlinked, however, here are more sources we gained information from:

http://www.netstate.com/states/tables/st_temp.htm

https://www.currentresults.com/Weather/US/average-annual-state-temperatures.php

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