Juneau slightly warmer, wetter than normal in 2002

Posted: Sunday, January 12, 2003

JUNEAU (AP) -- Juneau's weather last year was slightly warmer and wetter than normal, according to meteorologist Julia Ruthford.

The average temperature in 2002 was 49.9 degrees, which was less than 1 degree above normal.

The hottest day of the year was June 14 when the mercury soared to 82 degrees. The lowest temperature was 1 degree below zero on both Jan. 26 and Jan. 27.

Juneau also was wetter last year than normal. The city received 62.32 inches of rain. That's more than 4 inches above the average.

While the year was a wet one, that rain didn't fall in the spring, which was record-dry with just over 4 inches of rain.

The most precipitation in any 24-hour period fell on Oct. 20 and Oct. 21 when the area received 2.44 inches.

Total snowfall last year was 66.2 inches -- 27 inches below average. And the year marked the latest first snow. It fell on Dec. 14. The previous record was Nov. 20, 1980.

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