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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.

Fairbanks March 2012

In Fairbanks the average March temperature was 4.5°F, a substantial 6.9°F below the long term mean. Furthermore, the mean temperature was colder in March than in February, a relatively infrequent occurrence. The high temperature for the month was 44°F on the 28thMarch, while the lowest temperature was a frigid -30°F observed on the 5thof the month. For most of the month, the temperatures were below normal with the exception of the last week. No new daily records were set.

Precipitation in March was far above normal with 0.72" water-equivalent, which is close to 3 times the long-term mean of 0.25". Snowfall (14.7") was exactly 3 times of normal, which is for March 4.9". Precipitation on the 6thand 7thof the month was remarkable and set new daily records. On the 6th, 0.28" water-equivalent snow fell, slightly more precipitation than expected for the whole month. It is also a new record for the day, surpassing the old record from 1985 of 0.24". Snowfall for this day was 6.9", also substantially surpassing the old record of 3.5", set in 1943. On the following day, 0.17" were measured, once again a new daily record, as the previous maximum was 0.15", which occurred in 1967. The snowfall for this day was 2.7", tying the old record of 1932. This event was caused by strong advection of relatively warm and moist air from the west, with a slight southerly component. On the 6ththe highest peak wind speed of 23 mph was recorded, and the mean monthly wind speed was 3.9 mph.

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