City Summary Archive

Anchorage February 2012

Anchorage recorded an average temperature for February of 25.2°F, 5.0°F above the normal of 20.2°F. This is a remarkable change from January, during which the mean temperature was more than 20°F colder. The maximum temperature of the month occurred on the 9that 41°F, while a minimum temperature of 7°F was observed on the 29thof the month. The observed temperatures were below normal for the first and last days of the month, while the rest was above normal no new daily records were set.
Precipitation was reported at 1.78" water-equivalent, which is 147% above the normal value. As expected, snowfall gave similar results 27.8" were measured for the month, 155% above the normal of 10.9". On the 3rd, new daily maxima, both for precipitation and snowfall, were observed. The water-equivalent of 0.69" surpassed the old record high of 0.29 set in 2000, while the snowfall of 9.1" was higher than the previous record on 5.4" set in 1970. On 19 days at least a trace of snow fell. It is the 5thsnowiest winter in the history of Anchorage at this point. The average monthly wind speed was calculated at 5.6 mph.

Barrow February 2012

Barrow reported an average temperature in February of -12.2°F, 2.0°F above normal. The beginning and end of the month had temperatures that were seasonally below normal, while the rest were above the long-term average. The maximum temperature occurred on the 6thwith 11°F, and the lowest temperature of -44°F was observed on the first day of February. No new temperature records were observed during February.
Precipitation in Barrow totaled 0.21", a low value typical for the North Slope. It was nevertheless 0.07" above normal. For the month, 6" of snow fell, more than double the normal of 2.6". The mean monthly wind speed was 10.7 mph and a gust of 32 mph occurred on the 5th, blowing from a northeasterly direction.

Big Delta February 2012

InBig Delta the mean February temperature was 17.7°F, substantially higher than the temperature of Fairbanks. It is believed this is caused by the more frequent occurrences of Chinook winds, which normally bring in above seasonal temperatures. This station is situated much closer to the Alaska Range, consequently is more affected by these winds. The monthly deviation was very large with a positive value of 12.8°F. The highest monthly temperature (42°F) was observed on the 10th, while the minimum temperature (-21°F) occurred on the 4th. The maximum temperature on the 13th, 37°F, tied the old record high of 1969 for this day.
Precipitation in February was reported as 0.42" water-equivalent, 0.14" above normal.

Juneau February 2012

InJuneau , the average temperature was 33.7°F, 3.6°F above normal for February. Despite the above normal temperature, 26 of the 29 days had minimum temperatures at the freezing point or below. The maximum temperatures for the month (48°F) occurred on the 3rdand 9thand the minimum temperature (16°F) occurred on the 26th. The temperature on the 3rdwas an absolute high for this specific day, surpassing the old record high of 1984 by 4°F. The high temperature of the 9th(48°F) also established a new record, surpassing the temperatures reached on this day in 1968 and 1963 by 1°F.
Precipitation totaled 3.10" water-equivalent, which is 1.03" below normal. The observed snowfall measured 5.2", which represents 31% of the normal value. Further, sky cover was high with 80%. Average wind speed at Juneau Airport was 8.6 mph with a peak wind gust of a substantial 56 mph on the 3rdFebruary, blowing from a southeasterly direction.

Ketchikan February 2012

Ketchikan's average temperature of 37.1°F in February was 1.3°F above the long-term mean, a relatively small deviation. Generally, the temperature was above normal for most of the month with the exception of the last week. The highest temperature of the month measured 53°F on the 9th, while the low temperature of 24°F occurred on the 26thof the month. On the 2ndthe maximum temperature of 50°F matched the record set in 1964.
Monthly precipitation was measured at 9.32", somewhat below the normal of 10.53". The 2ndof the month had a notable 1.98" of precipitation.

King Salmon February 2012

King Salmon reported an average temperature of 24.2°F, 5.4°F above to the long- term mean of 18.8°F. The high temperature for February was 42°F, recorded on the 5th, 6th, and 7th, while the low temperature of a chilly -31°F occurred on the 3rd. In general, the 2nd, 3rdand the last three days of the month were uncharacteristically cold, while the rest of the month measured above normal temperatures. No new record temperatures were set for February.
The precipitation total was measured as 1.12", 47% above the normal of 0.76". Accordingly, the observed snowfall (12.4") was above the long-term mean of 6.0". Further, on the 26thof February a record 0.28" water-equivalent of precipitation was recorded topping the previous record of 0.19" from 1971. Average wind speed was 13.1 mph and the highest gust was recorded at 58 mph on the 5th, blowing from a southerly direction. The mean monthly cloudiness was 80%.

Kodiak February 2012

Kodiak's average temperature of 31.7°F in February was 0.9°F above the long-term mean. The beginning and the end of the month were seasonally colder than normal, while the rest of the month was slightly above normal. The highest temperature measured was 44°F on the 15th, while the low temperature of 6°F occurred on the 3rd. No new temperature records were set for the month.
Monthly precipitation was measured at 6.60", 21% above the expected amount of 6.14". The total snowfall for the month was observed as 26.3", surpassing the normal of 15.1". On sixteen days of the month at least a trace of snowfall was observed, however no new precipitation records were set. The monthly average wind speed was calculated as 13.3 mph, and on the 3rda gust of 51 mph was recorded, blowing from a westerly direction.

Nome February 2012

Nome reported a mean monthly temperature in February of 9.4°F, a positive deviation of 2.0°F from the long term mean. The warmest monthly temperature was 38°F, observed on the 8thof February, while the coldest temperature was measured on the 1stwith a frigid -39°F. New temperature minima was set on the 2nd, with a minimum of -38°F, surpassing the old minimum of -37°F, that was reached in both 1910 and 1914. The following day, the temperature dropped to ‑37°F, matching the old record from 1947.
Precipitation totaled 1.08", surpassing the expected amount by 16% of the expected amount. Snowfall for the month was 19.0", 6.8" more than the long-term mean. On the 4thof February, 9.9" of snow fell, nearly doubling the old record (5.0") for this day set way back in 1916. In addition, the associated water equivalent of 0.49" was a new record, breaking the old record of 0.44", also set in 1916. The average wind speed for the month was light with 10.9 mph, and the highest gust observed was 49 mph on the 4thblowing from an easterly direction.

Fairbanks January 2012

In Fairbanks the average temperature was -26.9°F, a very substantial -19.0°F below the long term mean for January. The high temperature for the month was 21°F on the 10thJanuary, while the lowest temperature was a frigid -51°F observed on the 29thof the month. For most of the month the temperatures were below normal, temperatures more commonly observed back in the 1960's. On 16 days of the month the temperature dropped to -40°F or below. For the month, January 2012 was the fifth coldest January on record. This continues the trend of the last decade, which has demonstrated some cooling, especially in winter. Despite the far below normal temperatures, no new temperature records were observed.
Precipitation in January was 0.69" water-equivalent, somewhat above the normal value of 0.58". Snowfall was also close to the normal of 10.3" with 9.6", and on 16 days of the month at least some snowfall was observed. Wind speed averaged a low 2.3 mph, typical for winter in Interior Alaska where the surface temperature inversion hinders the wind aloft to reach the surface. The highest gust was 23 mph on the 22nd.