City Summary Archive
Anchorage recorded a mean temperature for October of 43.0°F, which is 8.2°F above the expected temperature of 34.8°F, making this the warmest October on record, breaking the 1936 record of 42.1°F. The highest temperature of 57°F was measured on October 16th, while the lowest was 26°F occurred on the 23rd and 24th. The high temperature of 52°F on the 28th was a new daily record, topping the old value of 49°F from 1959. For nearly all days of the month, temperatures were near, or above normal.
Precipitation was measured at 3.22", 159% of the normal of 2.03". On the 28th, 0.94" of rain fell, breaking the 1962 record of 0.69". The mean monthly wind speed was 7.7 mph and the greatest wind gust of 47 mph was observed on the 15th blowing from a southerly direction.
Barrow observed a mean temperature of 24.7°F for the month, 7.5°F above normal. A nice 35°F was the highest temperature recorded this October, which occurred on the 18th. Meanwhile on the 31st, the coolest temperature for the month was observed, a chilly -2°F. Temperatures tended to stay well above normal amounts for most of the month.
Precipitation totaled 0.67", 0.26 above normal (163%). Trace or more amount of precipitation was measured on 28 days of the month. The mean monthly wind speed was recorded as 11.1 mph with the highest gust (43 mph) measured on the 8th, blowing from an easterly direction.
Delta Junction's mean temperature for October was 37.2°F, an astonishing 13.1°F above normal. Temperatures stayed above normal throughout the month. These high temperatures were caused by Chinook wind events, when air from the south is lifted moist-adiabatically on the south side of the Alaska Range, but descending to the north at the higher dry adiabatic rate. A balmy 62°F was the high temperature for this month, which occurred on the 28th, and this constituted a new daily high, breaking the old record of 43°F, set in 1962. In addition, five more daily record highs were set from the 16th to the 20th. On the 16th the high was 58°F, topping out the 1972 record of 55°F. This was followed by 60°F, tying the 1972 record. Then the 53°F on the 18th broke the 1969 record of 51°F. The old record from 2002 of 49°F on the 19th was just topped at 50°F. Finally the 20th saw 62°F, smashing the 1962 record of 43°F. A relatively warm 14°F was the coldest temperature, recorded on the 23rd.
Precipitation was 0.30", just 38% of the normal amount of 0.80".
Juneau had a mean temperature of 44.7°F in October, 2.3°F above normal, the 8th warmest October on record. The warmest temperature of the month was recorded on the 2nd at 56°F, while the coldest temperature occurred toward the end of the month ( 27th) with 32°F.
Precipitation for Juneau was 10.19", or 18% above the normal amount. The monthly mean wind speed was calculated as 8.1 mph, with a maximum gust of 50 mph on the 8th, blowing from an easterly direction.
Juneau had a mean temperature 51.9°F in September, 1.9°F above normal. The warmest temperature of the month was recorded on the 2nd, a warm 69°F, while the coldest temperature occurred toward the end of the month on the 25th, with a chilly 32°F.
Precipitation for Juneau was 7.53", or 87% of the normal amount. The monthly mean wind speed was calculated as 8.3 mph, with a maximum gust of 40mph on the 7th, blowing from an easterly direction.
Ketchikan was warm in September, 3.1°F above the expected temperature of 52.5°F. The highest temperature for the month was recorded on both the 3rd and the 7th, with a warm 73°F, while the lowest temperature (42°F) occurred on the 24th and 25th.
The precipitation was measured as 16.48", 2.69" above the normal amount. A new daily record was being set on the 19th, with an amazing 5.13", breaking the old record for the day set in 1950.
The mean monthly temperature for September in King Salmon was 47.0°F, 0.6°F below normal. On the 1st, 70°F was recorded, which was the highest temperature for the month. On the 24th, a temperature of 24°F occurred, which was the low temperature of the month. While most of the month was close to normal of slightly above it, there was a substantial cold spell from the 17th to 24th of the month.
Precipitation was 2.08", about 2/3 of the expected amount. The mean monthly wind speed was calculated as 10.7 mph, with a high wind gust of 45mph, occurring on the 2nd, and blowing from a southeasterly direction.
Kodiak's mean monthly temperature was near normal, just 0.7°F above the normal of 50.1°F for September. Much like many other stations this month, the warmest temperature occurred at the beginning of the month, as the transition from summer half to winter half occurs, which is normally associated with a strong decrease in temperature. On the 1st a temperature of 67°F was recorded, the highest this month, while the coldest occurred on the 24th, at 31°F.
Similarly to Kodiak's monthly temperature, precipitation was also near normal, just 3% above the normal amount with 7.54" measured. The mean monthly wind speed was calculated as 11.9 mph; the highest gust occurred on the 22nd with a 67mph blowing from a westerly direction.
Nome's mean temperature for September was 39.9°F, 2.9°F below the normal amount of 42.8°F. Throughout the month, temperatures were either within the normal range, or below normal, which was dominant in the second half of the month. The highest temperature was observed on the 9th, at 55°F. The coldest occurred on the last day of the month, with a chilly 21°F recorded on the 30th.
1.98" of precipitation was recorded, 81% of the normal amount. The rainfall of the 12th with 0.70” contributed more than 1/3 of the amount, and established a new record for this day. Further, the first measurable snowfall (0.70”) on the 23rd, with a monthly total of 1.1”. Mean monthly wind speed was calculated as 7.3 mph and the greatest gust was recorded on the 2nd at 35mph, from a northerly direction.