City Summary Archive
The average temperature in Juneau for December was 23.5°F, 6.4°F below the long-term mean of 29.9°F. This is also the eighth consecutive month with below normal temperatures. The maximum temperature of the month was 39°F on the 13th, while the minimum was 3°F and occurred on the 21st and 22nd.
Total precipitation was lower than normal at 4.92"; this represents only 84% of the expected amount of 5.84", and the third month in a row with below normal precipitation. Despite the low total precipitation, there was a record rainfall on the 30th of 0.81", topping the 1989 record of 0.77". Total snowfall for the month was 27.0", 11.4" above normal. Due to the below normal temperatures more precipitation fell as snow then expected, which explains the below normal precipitation, but the above normal snowfall. The average wind speed was 6.7 mph, and the maximum wind speed of 41 mph occurred on the 14th, blowing from a southeasterly direction.
Ketchikan reported an average temperature this December of 34.0 °F, 1.3°F below the long-term mean of 35.3°F. The maximum temperature for the month was 45°F, which occurred on the 31st, while the minimum (19°F) was reported on the 23rd and the 26th. For half of the month, temperatures stayed around normal, and were mixed after that.
Precipitation was light, totaling 9.86", or just 69% of the long term mean of 14.23".
For Barrow December was the first month in the last nine with a below normal mean temperature. The mean value was -9.5°F, a deviation of 1.7°F below the normal of -7.8°F. Temperatures started the month warm, then stayed colder than normal till about the 20th. The lowest temperature (-32°F) occurred on the 15th, while the highest temperature (11°F) was reported on the 1st.
Precipitation in Barrow (0.07") was light at half of the normal value of 0.14". The average wind speed was 11.8 mph, while the maximum gust (43 mph) occurred on the 24th, blowing from an easterly direction.
Nome had a mean temperature for December of 3.3°F, a substantial 6.2°F below the normal value of 9.5°F. Temperatures stayed mostly below normal until the last five days of the month. The maximum temperature was reported at 34°F on the 29th and the 30th. The minimum temperature for the month was observed on the 18th and 19th at -30°F.
Like the previous three months, December had below normal precipitation with a total of 0.62". This is just 57% of the normal amount of 1.08". Snowfall totaled 14.7", slightly (1%) above the normal of 14.5". The average monthly wind speed was 6.5 mph, while the maximum wind speed was 45 mph, and occurred on the 30th of the month, blowing from a northeasterly direction.
In King Salmon the average temperature for December was 12.4°F, a significant 6.2°F below the long-term mean of 18.6°F. Temperatures were mixed and varied wildly thought the month. The minimum temperature (-22°F) for the month was reported on the 21st, while the maximum temperature occurred on the 28th at 43°F.
King Salmon experienced a greater than normal amount of precipitation with a total of 2.05", 0.82", or 67%, above the long-term mean. Total monthly snowfall was 7.0", 2.5" below normal. The average wind speed was 10.7 mph, and the highest gust of 64 mph occurred on the 8th, blowing from an easterly direction. This is also a new record wind speed for this day, breaking the 2005 record of 43 mph. Two other daily wind speed records were also set in December.
Kodiak was colder than normal for December, with a mean temperature of 28.8°F, 2.4°F below the expected mean of 31.2°F. Temperatures varied throughout the month, with a protracted cold spell from the 14th to the 25th. The maximum temperature for the month (48°F) was observed on the 12th, and this marks a new record high for this day, breaking the record of 47°F from 1967. The minimum temperature was a chilly 3°F, reported on Christmas Day (25th), and this tied the daily low record originally set back in 1957.
Precipitation was light at just 65% of normal with a total of 5.64", 3.09" under the normal amount of 8.73". Snowfall was also light at just 62% of the normal of 13.8". The average wind speed was 14.7 mph, while the highest wind gust occurred on the 12th at 59 mph, blowing from a westerly direction.
Kodiak was slightly above normal for November, having a mean temperature of 34.4°F, 0.5°F above than the expected mean of 33.9°F. The maximum temperature for the month (46°F) was observed on the 11th and 12th, and the minimum temperature was 20°F, reported on the 1st. Temperatures were mixed throughout the month, but stayed near the normal range.
Precipitation was light at just 66% of normal with a total of 4.54", 2.33" under the normal amount of 6.87". The average wind speed was 12.9 mph, while the highest wind gust occurred on the 2nd at 63 mph, blowing from a northerly direction.
In Delta Junction the mean temperature for November (-6.5°F) was an astounding 12.7°F below the long-term normal of 6.2°F. The highest temperature (20°F) was observed on the 11th, while the lowest temperature hit -34°F on the 30th. No new records were set, but temperatures stayed significantly below normal for nearly all of the month, with the exception of a week around the 11th.
Precipitation was very light with a reported total of 0.30", a mere 48% of the expected amount (0.63").
Anchorage was cooler than normal in November, with an average temperature of 17.7°F, 4.5°F below the expected temperature. The maximum temperature (33°F) occurred on the 2nd and 11th, while the minimum temperature (2°F) occurred on the 21st. November temperatures tended to be colder than normal with the exception of a few days around the 13th.
Precipitation was very low at 0.23", only 20% of normal of 1.16". Snowfall totaled 3.3", 9.8" below the expected amount. Anchorage reported less than half the normal snowfall for the winter season so far. The average wind speed was 5.9 mph.