Typical Severe Weather

Being further North than every other state, severe weather phenomenon is common in Alaska; and can be much different than the rest of the United States.

Types of severe weather in Alaska are:

  • Heavy Snow
  • Extreme cold
  • Ice storms
  • High winds
  • Dense fog


For the purpose of our research, we have chosen to look primarily at the city of Anchorage. We have found that this city receives all of the same severe weather events as the entire state. Being significantly North of the Equator, Anchorage receives its fair share of “heavy snow.” According to Current Results, between the months of November until February of the next year, it is not uncommon to get buried by a heavy snowstorm at least once a month, occasionally many times in the same month.


Anchorage may not be the coldest part of the state, but it still gets extremely cold. According to Weather Warehouse, the lowest temperature since 1998 has been -27 degrees Fahrenheit. The Central part of the state stakes claim as the coldest, having been recorded at below -70 degrees Fahrenheit, according to Current Results.


Ice storms are not frequent in Alaska, however, one major event happened on November 23, 2010. According to NewsMiner, rainfall had almost passed their winter rain record of about 0.99 inches in mid-November, having measured about 0.46 inches of rain at 10 PM local time, and still continuing. This had created an ice storm due to freezing temperatures for 2 consecutive days after the rain fall.


AccuWeather has reported that high winds occur often in Anchorage, particularly on September 5, 2012. Winds were as high as 131 mph, making this was one of the biggest windstorms to date for Anchorage.


According to KTUU, dense fog is an issue in Anchorage, specifically recently on October 5, 2015. This dense fog lasted for 2 days straight, creating extremely low visibility in the area.

Though Alaska may be seem like a peaceful place, it does have its fair share of extreme weather conditions.

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