City Summary Archive
In Fairbanks the average temperature for April was a chilly 18.0°F, an extraordinary 14.5°F below the long-term mean of 32.5°F, and the third coldest April on record for the past 100 years. The highest temperature was a nice 48°F on the 23rd, while the lowest temperature for the month was a chilly -21°F on the 11th. That -21°F was a new daily record low, breaking the old record of -17°F set in 1955. Another record low was set the next day with -15°F and broke the 1936 record of -12°F. Then on the 28th the temperature bottomed out at 2°F shattering the 8°F record from way back in 1924. With the exception of the first three days of the month, the temperatures stayed significantly below normal. Precipitation was above normal in April with a total of 0.66", more than twice the normal of 0.31". A total of 0.16" or water equivalent precipitation on the 9th was a new record for that day, just edging out the 1934 record of 0.15". Snowfall totaled 9.9", 241% higher than the expected 2.9". The 8th saw 2.1" of snow come down, just breaking the 2.0" record set way back in 1929. This was followed on the 9th with 2.6" more snow topping the 2.1" from 1982. All this snow added up the eighth snowiest April on record. Mean snow depth (21") was 75% above normal for April, and the snow depth of 18" at the end of the month was well above the normal of just 1". The mean wind speed was 6.1 mph, with a maximum gust of 40 mph on the 24th, blowing from a westerly direction.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ketchikan reported an average temperature this April of 41.8°F, 0.8°F below the long-term mean of 42.5°F. The maximum temperature for the month was 55°F, which occurred on the 23rd, while the minimum (28°F) was reported on the 21st, and 30th. Temperatures stayed around normal for most of the month. Precipitation was light, totaling 7.53", or 80% of the long term mean of 9.38".
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.
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.