City Summary Archive

Big Delta June 2011

Big Delta reported a mean temperature of 57.5°F, which is exactly the long-term mean temperature for June. The high temperature reached 83°F on the 25th. And the low temperature for the month occurred on 24th at 41°F. No new extreme temperatures were observed during this month. Precipitation was below normal totaling 2.00", 19% below the expected amount. On the 28th June a new record rainfall was observed with a total 0.74", surpassing the old record for the day of 0.42", which was set in 1948.

Juneau June 2011

In Juneau, the average temperature was 54.0°F, very slightly (0.1°F) above normal for June. The monthly maximum and minimum temperatures were 72°F and 40°F, occurring on the same day, the 7th of June. In general, the temperature followed fairly closely the long-term mean. Precipitation totaled 4.25", 26% above normal. On the 14th 1.03" of rain was measured, a new record for this day, surpassing previous maximum amount of 0.66", recorded in 1951. Average wind speed at Juneau Airport was 5.6 mph with a high wind gust of 29 mph on the 6th.

Ketchikan June 2011

Ketchikan's average temperature of 55.0°F in June was 1.2°F above the long-term mean. The highest temperature of the month measured 72°F on the 27th, while the low temperature of 46°F occurred on the 17th of the month. While the mean monthly temperature was somewhat above the expected value, nevertheless the daily temperatures followed fairly closely the long-term normal values. Monthly precipitation was measured at 2.84", only 41% of the expected value of 6.95" for June.

King Salmon June 2011

King Salmon reported an average temperature of 48.7°F, 2.2°F below the long term mean. The high temperature for June was 64°F, recorded on the 26th, and the lowest temperature was 30°F on the 2nd, the last day with a frost. This tied the record low for the day, which was previously set in 1991. The low temperature of 35°F on the 23rd of June broke the old record set in 1949 by one degree. The precipitation total was measured at 2.77", 63% above the long-term mean. Noteworthy was the rain of the 1st, which totaled 0.40", a record precipitation for this day. The previous record had been 0.28" and had occurred in 1987. Average wind speed was 8.2 mph and the highest gust was recorded at 45 mph on the 3rd.

Nome June 2011

Nome reported a mean monthly temperature in June of 49.2°F, 1.9°F above normal. The maximum temperature occurred on the 29th with 68°F, while the coldest temperature was just above freezing (33°F), and occurred on the 6th. No new temperature extremes were observed at Nome during June. Precipitation was somewhat below normal, totaling 0.86", which is 3/4 of the long-term mean. On the 20th a new record rainfall of 0.29" occurred, surpassing the old record of 0.23" from 1910, and that had stood unbroken for over century. The average wind speed for the month was 8.2 mph, and the highest gust observed was 39 mph on the 4th.

Fairbanks May 2011

In Fairbanks the average temperature was 52.4°F, 2.9°F above the long term mean for May. The high temperature for the month was 86°F on the 28th. The 85°F temperature mark was reached the day before (27th), setting a new record for this day and breaking the 82°F record from the year before. In addition, the 80°F temperature on the 26th matched the old daily record (also set in just the previous year). The high temperatures towards the end of the month were not limited to Fairbanks, but were widespread across Interior Alaska. The lowest temperature of the month was 25°F observed on the 8th of the month. In general it was found that the first half of the month was at or below normal, while the second half was above the seasonally expected temperatures. The last frost with a temperature below 32°F occurred on the 11th, while "greenup" was observed on the 17th, somewhat later than usual. The range for greenup day is fairly large with the earliest date at April 30, 1993, and the latest date at May 25, 1992.

Precipitation for May was low with just 0.04", only 7% of the expected value. This is the second month in a row with far below normal precipitation values, and the third driest May on record. The combination of above normal temperatures in the second part of the month with no or little precipitation started the wildfire season earlier than usual, and several large fires were burning by the end of the month. Wind speed averaged 5.3 mph and the highest gust was 33 mph on the 24th.

Anchorage May 2011

Anchorage recorded an average temperature of 48.4°F, 1.5°F above normal. The highest temperatures for May were 70°F on the 26 and 27th and the low of 29°F occurred on the 1st. On the following day the last frost for the season was observed at 30°F. Precipitation was reported at 0.35", of which more than half fell on one day, the 4th and from the 9th to the 30thno measurable precipitation was recorded. The monthly amount represents only half of the expected value. An average wind speed of 7.8 mph and a gust of 43 mph on the 20th were noted.

Barrow May 2011

Barrow has reported an average temperature in May of 22.5°F, 2.4°F above the long-term mean. The warmest temperatures for the month were 41°F on the 21st, breaking the old record by 1°F, which was set in 1938, and further on the 24th, with a temperature of 43°F, matching the old record for this specific day that had been set in 2002. The lowest temperature for the month was -5°F recorded on the 5th, and the precipitation in Barrow totaled 0.09", 25% below the normal value of 0.12". On the 27th of May, the winter snow cover had melted, and only a trace remained. The mean monthly wind speed was measured at 9.7 mph, with a gust of 30 mph occurring on the 16th.

Big Delta May 2011

Big Delta reported a mean temperature of 50.5°F, 2.7°F above the long term mean. The high temperature of May was 81°F reached on the 28th, but the temperature arrived at on the 27th May (79°F) is a new daily record high, topping the old record of 77°F established in 1947. The low temperatures for the month occurred on 7th and 8th, both with 24°F and the last frost (T< 32°F) occurred on the 13th, fairly late in the season. Precipitation was light totaling 0.17", only 22% of the normally expected amount.