Posted by: danielfee | March 22, 2012

Travel Photo of the Day 03-22-2012

Juneau, Alaska

Juneau is located on the Gastineau Channel in the panhandle of Alaska. It was named after gold prospector Joe Juneau. It has been the capital since 1906, when the government of the then-District of Alaska was moved from Sitka as dictated by the Congress in 1900. The area of Juneau is larger than that of Rhode Island and Delaware individually and almost as large as the two states combined.  Juneau has a climate that is milder than its latitude may suggest. Due to the influence of the Pacific Ocean, winters are moist and long but only slightly cold: temperatures drop to 20°F in January with highs frequently above freezing. Spring, summer and fall are cool to mild with highs peaking in July at 65°F. Snowfall averages 84 inches and occurs chiefly from November to March. Precipitation is adequate year-round, with the spring months being the driest while September and October are the wettest. As we were coming back from a float plane trip to the Misty Fjords, we had a fantastic view of downtown Juneau and the Gastineau Channel.

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