In Fairbanks the average temperature for October was 22.5°F, 1.7°F below the long-term mean. The lowest temperature for the month was -11°F on the 24th, while the highest temperature was a balmy 61°F on the 4th. Temperatures started out warm for the first third of the month, and afterwards tended to be on the cold side after that. No new record temperature events were recorded.
Breaking the trend for the last three months, precipitation was above normal in October, with a total of 1.40", 0.57" above the expected value of 0.83". Nearly half of the monthly precipitation was observed from the 6th to the 8th. On the 7th, the total of 0.21" tied the record for that day set in 1989. Then the next day the total of 0.55" set a new record precipitation. The old record from 1974 had been 0.28". Snowfall totaled 7.1" for the month, 3.7" below normal. Only 35% of the total precipitation fell as snow. The mean wind speed was 2.9 mph, with a maximum gust of 28 mph on the 31st, blowing from an easterly direction.
Anchorage was cooler than normal in October, with an average temperature of 33.2°F, 1.6°F below the expected temperature. The maximum temperature (59°F) occurred on the 4th, while the minimum temperature (12°F) occurred on the 23rd. October temperatures started above normal, then tended to be colder after the 12th.
Precipitation was above normal at 2.70", 33% above the normal of 2.03". Snowfall totaled 3.2", 4.7" below the expected amount. The average wind speed was 5.5 mph.
Barrow experienced the seventh month in a row with above normal temperatures this October. The mean value was 27.5°F, an astounding positive deviation of 10.3°F above the normal of 17.2°F. This was the result of temperatures that stayed decidedly above normal for nearly the whole month. The lowest temperature (0°F) occurred on the 20th, while the highest temperature (41°F) was reported on the 5th, setting a new record for that day, topping the previous record of 39°F set way back in 1925. Then on the 6th, the high temperature of 38°F tied the 1992 record. In addition, on six days of the month Barrow set or tied daily high minimum temperature records (not shown).
Precipitation in Barrow (0.98") was heavy at 139% above the normal value of 0.41". Snowfall totaled 12.8", 3.7" above normal. Trace amounts or more of precipitation was recorded on 29 days of the month. The average wind speed was 13.7 mph, while the maximum gust (40 mph) occurred on the 27th, blowing from a westerly direction.
InDelta Junction the mean temperature for October (21.9°F) was a 2.2°F below the long-term normal of 24.1°F. The highest temperature, a pleasant 61°F, was observed on the 4th, while the lowest temperature hit -12°F on the 24th. Temperatures were warm for the firstthird of the month, and then tended to the cold side for the remainder. Along with the warm temperatures for the first part of the month was a new record high set on the 5that 59°F, breaking the previous record of 57°F set back in 1952.
Precipitation was near normal with a reported total of 0.78", a mere 3% below the expected amount (0.80").
The average temperature inJuneau for October was 38.5°F, 3.9°F below the long-term mean and the 3rdcoldest October on record. This is also the sixth consecutive month with below normal temperatures. Temperatures were warm for the first half of the month, and then turned decidedly cold for the remainder. The maximum temperature of the month was 57°F, occurring on the 6th, while the minimum was 17°F and occurred on the 26thand 29th.
Total precipitation at 3.50" was notably lower than normal it represents only 41% of the expected amount of 8.63", making October the first month in the last six to have below normal precipitation. Surprisingly, for eleven days from the 19thto the 29th, Juneau had no precipitation. The total makes October the second driest on record. Despite the lower than normal precipitation, an new daily record was set on the 13that 1.65", breaking the 1.46" record set back in 1945. The first snow fell on the 16thwith a trace amount that matched the records from 1996 and 1959. Trace amount again fell on the 17th, also matching the records from 1996 and 1959. Total snowfall for the month was 1.4", 0.6" above normal. The average wind speed was 7.2 mph, and the maximum wind speed of 39 mph occurred on the 21st, blowing from an easterly direction.
Ketchikan reported an average temperature this October of 43.0°F, 2.3°F below the long-term mean of 45.3°F. The maximum temperature for the month was 61°F, which occurred on the 7th, while the minimum (20°F) was reported on the 30th. Temperatures tended to the warm side for the first half of the month, then turned cold for the remainder. Exemplifying the cold spell at the end of the month were three record cold events. First, on the 22nd, the temperature dropped to 28°F, breaking the old record of 29°F set way back in 1919. Then on the 24th, the low temperature of 28°F tied the record from 1991. Finally, on the 29ththe low of 25°F matched the record also set in 1991.
Precipitation was light, totaling 8.73", or just 45% of the long term mean of 19.22".
InKing Salmon the average temperature for October was just under freezing at 31.3°F, 2.2°F below the long term mean. Temperatures were warm for the first third of the month, and then veered to the cold side afterwards. The minimum temperature (4°F) for the month was reported on the 21st, while the maximum temperature occurred on the 7that 61°F, creating a new daily record high, topping the 1925 record of 59°F. Then on the 11th, the high of 56°F tied the record set in 2009.
King Salmon had a less than normal amount of precipitation with a total of 1.86", 0.22" below the long-term mean. Despite the low total, there was a record rainfall on the 7th, with 0.86", besting the 1949 record of 0.71". With the colder temperatures in the later part of the month came two record snowfalls. First, 3.9" fell on the 13th, breaking the 1966 record of 1.5". This was followed with 7.2" on the 14th, shattering the 1956 record of 3.0". Total monthly snowfall was 11.6", 8.8" above normal. The average wind speed was 10.5 mph, and the highest gust of 48 mph occurred on the 4th, blowing from a southerly direction. The 1stset a daily record for the peak wind speed at 36 mph the pervious record had been 32 mph set in 2011.
Kodiak was cooler than normal for October, having a mean temperature of 39.5°F, 1.0°F less than the expected mean of 40.5°F. The maximum temperature for the month (56°F) was observed on the 7th, and the minimum temperature was 24°F, reported on the 22ndand 29th. Temperatures were warm for the first half of the month, and then mixed for the second half.
Precipitation was light at just 57% of normal with a total of 4.71", 3.55" under the normal amount of 8.26". The average wind speed was 9.0 mph, while the highest wind gust occurred on the 15that 46 mph, blowing from a westerly direction.
Nome had a mean temperature for October of 30.6°F, 1.9°F above the normal value of 28.7°F. The maximum temperature was reported at 47°F on the 3rd. The minimum temperature for the month was observed on the 28thand 31stat 14°F.
Like September, October had below normal precipitation with a total of 1.36". This is 0.25" under the normal amount of 1.61". Snowfall totaled 2.1", 2.5" under the normal. The average monthly wind speed was 9.4 mph, while the maximum wind speed was 49 mph, and occurred on the 5thof the month blowing from an easterly direction.