City Summary Archive
For Barrow, January had above normal mean temperature with a value of ‑8.6°F, a deviation of 4.8°F above the normal of -13.4°F. Temperatures started the month warm, then stayed about normal till the end of the month. The lowest temperature (-26°F) occurred on the 11th, while the highest temperature (9°F) was reported on the 4th.
Precipitation in Barrow (0.06") was light at just 46% of the normal value of 0.13". The average wind speed was 17.0 mph, while the maximum gust (61 mph) occurred on the 13th, blowing from an easterly direction.
Nome had a mean temperature for January of 13.5°F, a substantial 8.3°F above the normal value of 5.2°F. With the exception of two short cold spells, temperatures tended toward normal or above normal for most of January. The maximum temperature was reported at 34°F on the 1st and 13th. The minimum temperature for the month was observed on the 27that -20°F.
Unlike the previous four months, January had above normal precipitation with a total of 1.16". This is 23% above the normal amount of 0.94". Snowfall totaled 16.5", 27% above the normal of 12.7". The average monthly wind speed was 11.1 mph, while the maximum wind speed was 47 mph, and occurred on the 29th of the month, blowing from a northeasterly direction.
In King Salmon the average temperature for January was 25.5°F, a significant 9.3°F above the long-term mean of 16.2°F. Temperatures varied, but tended above normal throughout the month. The minimum temperature (-11°F) for the month was reported on the 27th, while the maximum temperature occurred on the 12th at 49°F, marking a new record for this day, breaking the 2003 record of 45°F. In addition, the max of 42°F on the 22nd tied the record set in 1991.
King Salmon experienced a greater than normal amount of precipitation with a total of 2.40", 1.38", or 135%, above the long-term mean. The 13th experienced 0.33" of precipitation, a new record for this day, topping the old record of 0.26" from 1993. Total monthly snowfall was 13.0", 2.8" above normal. The average wind speed was 11.4 mph, and the highest gust of 68 mph occurred on the 19th, blowing from an easterly direction. This is also a new record wind speed for this day, breaking the 2011 record of 56 mph. Two other daily wind speed records were also set in January.
Kodiak was warmer than normal for January, with a mean temperature of 33.1°F, 2.6°F above the expected mean of 30.5°F. With the exception of two short cold spells, temperatures tended to be at or above normal for most of January. The maximum temperature for the month (45°F) was observed on the 13th. The minimum temperature was a chilly -10°F, reported on the 27th.
Precipitation was near average with a total of 9.53", 1.24" above the expected amount of 8.29". The 1.59" of rain that fell on the 19th was a new record, topping the 2004 record of 1.12". Snowfall was exactly normal at 13.0â€. The average wind speed was 10.0 mph, while the highest wind gust occurred on the 1st at 56 mph, blowing from a southeasterly direction.
In Delta Junction the mean temperature for December (-7.9°F) was an astonishing 10.0°F below the long-term normal of 2.1°F. The highest temperature (40°F) was observed on the 29th, while the lowest temperature of -43°F was observed on the 4th. Temperatures started the month with below normal values, followed by a brief warm spell around the 11th, and then stayed cold until the last few days of the month. No new records were set, and
Precipitation was very light with a reported total of 0.13", a mere 34% of the expected amount (0.38").
Anchorage was cooler than normal in December, with an average temperature of 14.6°F, 4.4°F below the expected temperature. The maximum temperature (47°F) occurred on the 30th, while the minimum temperature (-9°F) occurred on the 17th. December temperatures tended to be colder than normal with the exception of a few days around the 11th, and then at the end of the month.
Precipitation was high at 1.83", 65% above the normal of 1.11". Snowfall totaled 18.2", just 1.5" above the expected amount. A new snowfall record occurred on the 12th with 8.6" falling, breaking the 6.8" record set just last year. In addition, the snowfall generated a water-equivalent equivalent record of 0.95", also breaking the record from last year of 0.53". With heavy snowfall from the 8th to the 12th, Anchorage had nearly eliminated its winter snow deficit. The average wind speed was 6.6 mph, with a maximum wind speed of 43 mph reported on the 29 and blowing from a southerly direction.
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.