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Fairbanks April 2012

In Fairbanks the average April temperature was 36.9°F, a substantial 4.4°F above the long term mean. The high temperature for the month was 61°F on the 16th, which is also a new record high for this day. The previous maximum for this day was 59°F observed in 1993. The low temperature for the month was -8°F observed on the 4th. The beginning of the month was much colder than normal, followed by above normal temperatures, especially around the middle of the month, while the end of April reported seasonally normal temperatures. It was the 13thwarmest April on record, and above normal temperatures resulted in an early breakup of the Tanana River. The ice went out at Nenana on the 23rdof April.
Precipitation in April was far below normal with only 0.07" water-equivalent, which represents only 23% of the expected precipitation. The snow cover, measuring 22" at the beginning of the month, had disappeared at the airport by the 20th. The mean wind speed was 4.2 mph, with the highest gust of 32 mph occurring on the 24thApril, blowing from a northwesterly direction.

Anchorage April 2012

Anchorage recorded an average temperature of 38.8°F, 2.0°F above the normal of 36.8°F. This was a pleasant change from March, for which monthly the mean temperature was substantially below normal. The maximum temperature of the month occurred on the 25thand 27th, both with 58°F, while a minimum temperature of 21°F was observed on the 3rd. For the whole month the temperature followed the expected trend fairly closely.
Precipitation was reported at 0.50" water-equivalent, which is slightly above the normal of 0.47". The average cloudiness was 60% and the mean monthly wind speed was calculated at 5.1 mph. Peak wind speeds were missing for about half of the month, but on the 14tha gust of 63 mph was reported, blowing from a southeasterly direction.

Barrow April 2012

Barrow reported an average temperature in April of 4.6°F, 2.8°F above normal. The month was fairly close to the expected values, with the exception of the middle of the month, which was warmer than usual. On the 15th, the maximum temperature of 20°F was reported, while the lowest temperature of -24°F was observed on the 1st. No new temperature records were observed during the month.
Precipitation in Barrow totaled 0.17", slightly above the long term mean of 0.16". The mean monthly wind speed was 10.2 mph and a gust of 37 mph occurred on the 5th, blowing from an easterly direction.

Big Delta April 2012

In Big Delta the mean April temperature was 37.7°F, a substantial 5.5°F above the long term mean. The highest monthly temperature of 57°F was observed on the 17th, while the minimum temperature (-4°F) occurred on the 4th. The temperature of 52°F of the 13thmatched the old record high for this day set in 1978 and 1943, while two days later the temperature of 56°F established a new maximum, surpassing the values from 1970 and 1965 by 1°F.
Precipitation in April was reported as 0.11" water-equivalent, slightly less than half of the expected amount of 0.23".

Juneau April 2012

In Juneau , the average temperature was 41.8°F, 1.0°F above the normal for April. The maximum temperatures for the month (62°F) occurred on the 12thand the minimum temperature (20°F) was recorded on the 1st. The temperature of the 12thalso set a new record, surpassing the old record for this day set in 2003 by a substantial 5°F. On the 16ththe old record of 56°F, set in 2010, 2001 and 1996, was broken by 1°F. Then on the 18ththe previous maximum of 59°F, set in 1993, was matched.
Precipitation totaled 1.68" water-equivalent, 43% below normal. Despite the low overall precipitation, the 0.67" of rain on the 29thwas a new record, breaking the old record of 0.52", set in 1996. The mean monthly wind speed was 6.4 mph, with a maximum gust of 55 mph occurring on 20thblowing from ESE. Furthermore, mean cloudiness was high with 70%.

Ketchikan April 2012

Ketchikan's average temperature of 43.7°F in April was 1.2°F above the long-term mean. Generally, the temperature was close to normal for most of the month. The highest temperature of the month measured 57°F, which occurred both on the 9thand 25th, while the low temperature of 31°F occurred on the 4th, 5thand 24thof the month.
Monthly precipitation was measured at 7.98", fairly close to the normal of 9.38", with a deviation of -15%. Remarkably, 1.71" of rain, 21% of the total precipitation, fell on the 20thof the month.

King Salmon April 2012

King Salmon reported an average temperature of 35.4°F, somewhat (1.7°F) above normal for April. The high temperature was 61°F on 27th, while the low temperature of 9°F occurred on the 6th. The maximum on the 27thwas also new record high for this date, surpassing the old maximum of 58°F set in 2005.
The precipitation total was measured as 0.56", 42% below the normal of 0.97". The snowfall of 3.2" on the 5thsurpassed the old record for this day of 2.8", set in 1990. However, despite this, the total observed snowfall for the month fell 0.5" below the normal of 3.9". Average wind speed was 8.9 mph and the highest gust was recorded at 56 mph on the 8th, blowing from a southerly direction.

Kodiak April 2012

Kodiak's average temperature of 39.5°F in April was 1.9°F above the long term mean. The highest temperature measured was 59°F on the 25th, while the low temperature of 28°F occurred on the 3rd, 4thand 7th. The maximum temperature of the 25threpresents a new maximum for this day, surpassing the old maximum of 57°F set in 1990. Furthermore, the temperature of 56°F on the 20this also a new daily maximum. The old record of 55°F was originally set way back in 1936.
Monthly precipitation was measured at 3.99", 69% of the expected amount of 5.81". The monthly average wind speed was calculated as 11.0 mph, and on the 14tha gust of 41 mph was recorded, blowing from a northeasterly direction.

Nome April 2012

Nome reported a mean monthly temperature in April of 20.4°F, very close to the normal of 20.5°F. The warmest monthly temperature was 43°F observed on the 24th, while the coldest temperature occurred on the 4thwith an unpleasant -13°F.
Precipitation totaled 0.33", less than half of the normal value of 0.76" water-equivalent. The average wind speed for the month was light with 5.4 mph, and the highest gust observed was 43 mph on the 8thblowing from an easterly direction.

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