City Summary Archive
Along with Barrow, Ketchikan was one of two stations that had a monthly mean May temperature (50.7°F) that was warmer than normal (48.6°F). The highest temperature of the month was observed on the 22nd, a pleasant 67°F, while the lowest temperature for the month was recorded on the May 1st, at 38°F.
The precipitation in Ketchikan was above normal this month, with 12.82" recorded, 56% more than the expected amount of 8.20". On the 1st of the month, the daily precipitation record set in 1980 was broken, 3.68" fell this day, a whole 1.67" higher than the previous record.
King Salmon was in May 1.7°F cooler than normal, with a mean temperature of 42.5. The highest temperature for the month was observed on the 29th, a warm 77°F, breaking the old record high of 75°F set in 2006. Further, on the 10th, a temperature of 63°F was recorded, 3°F higher than the record set in 1970. The middle of the month was much too cold. On the 14th the recorded minimum of 23°F broke the low of 25°F set in 1965 Further, on the 18th, a recorded minimum of 22°F was 5°F colder than the old low set in 1974. Finally, on the 19th a minimum temperature of 16°F shattered the old record of 26°F set back in 1964.
Precipitation was much lower than normal, 0.33" were recorded, or just 26% of the long term mean of 1.25". Snowfall however, matched the expected value of 0.8" exactly. The average wind speed for the month was 7.8mph, while the highest wind speed was recorded on the 21st, at 43mph from a southeasterly direction.
For Barrow, April had a below normal mean temperature with a value of 0.6°F, a deviation of 1.2°F below the normal of 1.8°F. Temperatures were varied throughout the month. The lowest temperature (-26°F) occurred on the 7th, while the highest temperature (28°F) was reported on the 23rd. Despite the general warming trend for Barrow, April, like February, marks another month where the mean monthly temperature for Barrow has had a negative deviation. Precipitation in Barrow (0.19") was 0.03" above normal value of 0.16". A total of 0.07" of water equivalent fell in the 27th, and tied the record from 1973. Snowfall was also above normal at 5.2", 2.0" above normal. Trace amounts or more of snow fell on 19 days during the month. The average wind speed was 11.0 mph, while the maximum gust (45 mph) occurred on the 22nd, blowing from a southwesterly direction.
Nome had a mean temperature for April of 16.3°F, a significant 4.2°F below the normal value of 20.5°F. Temperatures varied considerably, with a cold spell during the second week of the month. The maximum temperature was reported at 38°F on the 24th. The minimum temperature for the month was observed on the 11th and 12th at a chilly -8°F. April had below normal precipitation with a total of 0.30". This is 39% of the normal amount of 0.76". Snowfall was also light with a total of 4.5", 60% of the normal of 7.5". The average monthly wind speed was 5.5 mph, while the maximum wind speed was 38 mph, and occurred on the 6th of the month, blowing from a northerly direction.
In King Salmon the average temperature for April was 28.4°F, 5.3°F below the long-term mean of 33.7°F. Temperatures started the month above normal, then cooled on the 5th, stayed cold till mid-month, then varied afterward. The minimum temperature (1°F) for the month was reported on the 9th and 11th, while the maximum temperature occurred on the 24th at 52°F. King Salmon experienced a dry April with a precipitation total of 0.20", or just 21%, above the long-term mean of 0.97". Total monthly snowfall was 0.8", 3.1" below normal. The average wind speed was 9.7 mph, and the highest gust of 43 mph occurred on the 25th, blowing from a northerly direction.
Kodiak was colder than normal for April, with a mean temperature of 33.8°F, 3.8°F below the expected mean of 37.6°F. Temperatures were varied throughout the month, with the exception of some very cold days during the second week. The low of 15°F on the 10th was a new daily record, breaking the 1968 value of 16°F. Then the 29th tied the record low of 26°F set both in 1985 and 1951. The maximum temperature for the month (52°F) was observed on the 24th. The minimum temperature was a 13°F, reported on the 11th. Precipitation was very light with a total of 2.57", just 44% of the expected amount of 5.81". Snowfall was also light at 4.6â€, only 58% of normal. The snowfall total of 4.4" on the 21st set a new daily record, breaking the previous value of 2.4" set in 1972. The average wind speed was 10.1 mph, while the highest wind gust occurred on the 9th at 47 mph, blowing from a southwesterly direction.
In Delta Junction the mean temperature for April (17.1°F) was a phenomenal 15.1°F below the long-term normal of 32.2°F. the highest temperature was a pleasant 48°F observed on the 23rd, while the lowest temperature of was -13°F witnessed on the 13th. This also set a new daily low, breaking the 2002 value of -10°F. Five more record low events were set in the month: on the 10th the low of -8°F tied the 1946 record. Then the -12°F on the 11th tied the record from 1985. Jumping to the 26th, 9°F broke the 11°F record from 1955. The 27th saw 11°F, eclipsing the 17°F record from 1984. Finally, the 3°F on the 28th shattered the 15°F from 1972. Daily temperatures stayed well below normal for the month with the exception of the first three days. Precipitation was above average with a reported total of 0.36", 0.13" above of the expected amount of 0.23". The 8th saw 0.16" of precipitation equivalent, a new daily record, breaking the 0.10" from 1962.
Anchorage was significantly colder than normal in April, with an average temperature of 29.6°F, 7.2°F below the expected temperature of 36.8, making this the 6th coldest April on record. The maximum temperature (51°F) occurred on the 22nd, while the minimum temperature (7°F) occurred on the 11th. April temperatures were below normal with the exception of first four days. Precipitation was high at 1.03", 119% above the normal of 0.47". The precipitation equivalent of 0.33" on the 6th topped the 0.22" record just set in 2012. Then again on the 23rd, 0.28" came down and broke the 0.16" record from 1964. Snowfall totaled 16.0", 12.0" above the expected amount. 6.2 fell on the 6th, topping the 2010 record of 3.3". Trace amounts or more of snow fell on eight days during the month. The average wind speed was 6.3 mph, with a maximum wind speed of 39 mph reported on the 25th, blowing from a northwesterly direction.
The average temperature in Juneau for April was 36.1°F, 4.7°F below the long-term mean of 40.8°F. The maximum temperature of the month was 51°F on the 7th, while the minimum was 22°F which occurred on the 20th. The 15th experienced a low of 24°F, and this tied the record set in 2005. Temperatures were varied, but tended below normal for nearly all of the month. April's total precipitation was more than twice normal at 6.37", 3.43" above expected amount of 2.94". Precipitation was recorded on 19 days during the month. The precipitation equivalent on the 26th totaled 1.36", breaking the 1972 record of 0.77", making this the second wettest April on record. Total snowfall for the month was 12.1", more than ten times the normal of just 1.1". Three record snowfall events helped drive the high snowfall. First on the 6th 2.3" fell, eclipsing the 1972 record of 0.8". Then on the 26th 4.4" were observed, shattering the 0.2" from 1964. Finally on the 28th 1.7" fell, topping the 0.9" from 1972. Trace amounts or more of snow fell on fourteen days during the month. All that snow resulted in the sixth snowiest April on record. The average wind speed was 7.3 mph, and the maximum wind speed of 47 mph occurred on the 9th, blowing from a southeasterly direction.