City Summary Archive
Barrow reported an average temperature in October of 22.8°F, far above the normal of 17.2°F. This value represents the continuing trend of far above normal temperature values of the last two months. A maximum temperature of 33°F occurred on the 1st, 3rd, and 8th, and a minimum temperature of 6°F was observed on the 9th, 10th, and 29th of October. Seasonally above normal temperatures occurred during the middle of the month. No new temperature extremes were observed during October. Precipitation in Barrow, which is low in Northern Alaska, totaled 1.13", far exceeding the normal value of 0.41" and 23.8" of snow fell, the greatest amount of 2.5" on the 4th October. Trace or more amounts of snow fell on 30 days of the month. The mean monthly wind speed was 15.2 mph and a gust of 44 mph occurred on the 16th.
Nome reported a mean monthly temperature in October of 28.0°F, a negative deviation of 0.7°F from the long-term mean. The warmest monthly temperature was 44°F, observed on the 14th of October, while the coldest temperature occurred on the 30th of the month with a value of 0°F. The temperatures were seasonally colder at the beginning and end of the month, while they were above normal for middle of the month. No new temperature extremes were observed during October. Precipitation was in the expected range, totaling 1.55", was very close to the mean value of 1.61". However, on the 12th a new record rainfall event occurred with 0.63". This broke the old record of 0.39" set way back in 1944. The average wind speed for the month was 6.5 mph, and the highest gust observed was 32 mph on the 13th.
King Salmon reported an average temperature of 37.6°F, substantially above the long-term mean of 33.5°F. The highest temperature in October was 53°F, recorded on the 1st and 4th of October. The low temperature of 20°F occurred on the 17th. No new temperature extremes were reported for the month. The precipitation total was measured as 3.25", far above the long-term mean of 1.17. On the 25th of October, 0.91" of precipitation were recorded, setting a new record. The old record of 0.54" for this specific day was set in 2004. 6.5" of snow was reported for the month, more than half of it (3.4") fell on the last day of the month. Average wind speed was 7.9 mph and the highest gust was recorded at 55 mph on the 14th.
Kodiak reported for October an average temperature of 41.9°F. The maximum temperature for the month occurred on the 4th with 54°F, while the lowest temperature happened on the 19th with 24°F. The mean monthly temperature was somewhat (1.4°F) above the long-term mean, but temperatures followed fairly closely the expected values. Precipitation was reported as 5.21", about 1/3 below the long-term value. The mean wind speed for the month is 8.2 mph and on the 25th of the month a gust of 63 mph was recorded, the highest value for the month. The related storm did substantial damage, downing some power lines. In addition, roof on a building on Mill Bay Road was blown off.
Big Delta reported a mean temperature of 28.4°F, which is far above the long-term mean temperature of 24.1°F for October. The high temperature of the month was observed on the 2nd at 54°F, while the minimum of -3°F occurred on the last day of the month. Precipitation totaled 0.19" water-equivalent, far below the normal of 0.80" for the month, lower even than Fairbanks both in the total amount as well as the deviation from normal. No new temperature or precipitation records were observed.
In Juneau, the average temperature was 42.2°F, very slightly below the long-term mean of 42.4°F for October. The maximum temperatures for the month (53°F) occurred on the 1st and the minimum temperature (28°F) occurred on the 3rd October. Precipitation totaled 7.39", which is somewhat below the normal of 8.63". As might be deduced from the high precipitation totals found in the Southeast Alaska, sky cover averaged 90%, with no clear days, 4 partly cloudy days and 27 cloudy days. Average wind speed at Juneau Airport was 8.2 mph with a highest wind gust of a substantial 56 mph on the 25th October. No new daily temperature or precipitation records were observed.
Barrow reported an average temperature in September of 36.7°F, 4.6°F above normal, the highest positive deviation of the 8 city summary, continuing the trend of last month. The maximum temperature occurred on the 11th at 51°F, and the lowest temperature of 20°F was observed on the last day of September. In general, the temperatures during most of the first ½ of the month were far above normal, while the second half were closer too normal. No new temperature records were observed during September. Precipitation in Barrow totaled 0.92", 28% above the normal value of 0.72" and 4.9" of snow fell, the greatest amount of 1.3" on the 27th September. 18 days of the month recorded trace or more amounts of snow. The mean monthly wind speed was 11.8 mph and gusts of 37 mph occurred on both the 17th and 18th.
Nome reported a mean monthly temperature in September of 45.1°F, a positive deviation of 2.3°F from the long term mean. The warmest monthly temperature was 62°F observed on the 16th of September, while the coldest temperature occurred on the two last days of the month with each recording a minimum of 27°F. No new temperature extremes were observed during September. Precipitation was light, totaling 0.90", representing only 37% of the expected amount. 88% of that total occurred on just 3 days: 9th, 10th, and 24th. The average wind speed for the month was 9.1 mph, and the highest gust observed was 48 mph on the 6th.
King Salmon reported an average temperature of 47.8°F, very close to the long- term mean of 47.6. The high temperature for September was 63°F, recorded on the 6th and 9th of the month. The low temperature of 25°F occurred on the 28th. Two days earlier, on the 26th September, the first frost occurred with a temperature below freezing (27°F), ending the growing season. The precipitation total was measured at 2.25", 29% below the normal of 3.19". Despite the lower than normal precipitation totals, on all days of the month, except three, some rain, if even just a trace, was recorded. Average wind speed was 7.1 mph and the highest gust was recorded at 49 mph on the 12th.