InFairbanks the average temperature for August was 56.3°F, just 0.2°F above the long-term mean. The lowest temperature for the month hovered above freezing at 37°F on the 22nd, while the highest temperature was an enjoyable 78°F on the 14th. Temperatures generally stayed in the expected trend, and no new record events were recorded.
Like July, precipitation was below normal in August at 1.45", 0.43" below the expected value of 1.88". More than half of the monthly precipitation was observed on just one day, the 26th. The mean wind speed was 3.4 mph, with a maximum gust of 33 mph on the 27th, blowing from a westerly direction.
Anchorage was slightly cooler than normal in August, with an average temperature of 55.9°F, 0.8°F below the expected temperature, however, it was above the July mean of 55.5°F. The maximum temperature (71°F) occurred on the 14th, while the minimum temperature (40°F) occurred on the 29th. August temperatures generally followed the expected trend for the month.
Precipitation at 2.05" was less than expected (37% below normal). The average wind speed was 6.5 mph, while the strongest gust of 47 mph was observed on the 26th, blowing from a southeasterly direction.
Barrow experienced the fifth month in a row with above normal temperatures. The mean value was 45.3°F, a very substantial deviation of 6.3°F above the normal of 39.0°F, and higher than the July 2012 value of 44.0°F. The highest temperature (66°F) occurred on the 19th, and this is a new daily record. The previous record was 63°F set in 1923 and then tied in 1954. The daily temperature maximum was tied on the 22ndat 63°F. The previous record was set in 1972. The lowest temperature (29°F) was reported on the 11th. This matched the low temperature from July. In another indication of the extreme warmth of August 2012, six new daily high minimum temperature records were set between the 14thand 22nd.
Precipitation in Barrow (1.09") was slightly above the normal value of 1.05", while the snowfall (trace amount) was less than the normal value of 0.9". The average wind speed was 12.1 mph, while the maximum gust (41 mph) occurred on the 5th, blowing from a southerly direction.
InBig Delta the mean temperature for August (56.1°F) was 1.3°F above the long-term normal of 54.8°F. The highest temperature was observed on the 14th, (78°F), while the lowest temperature dropped below freezing (31°F) and occurred on the 29th. Temperatures were mixed in regard to the expected trend, mostly falling in line, with some dips at the beginning of the month and near the end, with higher temperatures during the middle. No new daily records were observed.
Precipitation was reported at 56% of the expected amount (1.89"), with a total of 1.05".
The average temperature inJuneau for August was 54.6°F, 1.3°F below the long term mean. The maximum temperature of the month was 72°F, occurring on the 14th, while the minimum was a cool 38°F and occurred on the 30th. Temperatures started cool at the beginning of the month with little daily variation due to the soggy weather, but warmer temperatures occurred at the middle and end of the month.
Precipitation fell on twenty-one days of the month hence the total was higher than normal at 7.59", this is 1.86" above the expected amount of 5.73". On the 8thof August, 1.21" of rain fell, just breaking the previous record for that day (1.18") set in 2002. Then on the 28tha total of 1.28" of precipitation was measured, surpassing the 1988 record of 0.76". The average wind speed was 5.3 mph, and the maximum wind speed of 30 mph occurred on the 8th, blowing from a southeasterly direction.
Ketchikan reported slightly colder than average temperatures, with a mean temperature of 57.5°F, -0.5°F under the long-term mean of 58.0°F. The maximum temperature for the month was 75°F, which occurred on the 17th, while the minimum (45°F) was reported on the 30th.
Precipitation was significantly lower thannormal, reporting 5.68", or just 58% of the long term mean of 9.81".
InKing Salmon the average temperature was 53.0°F, 1.6°F below the long term mean, and warmer than the July 2012 mean of 52.3°F. The maximum temperature (73°F) for the month was reported on the 12th, while the minimum temperature occurred on the 28thand just hit freezing at 32°F.
King Salmon had a lower than normal amount of precipitation with a total of 2.64", 0.31" below the long-term mean. The average wind speed was 7.8 mph, and the highest gust of 51 mph occurred on the 18thblowing from a southerly direction.
Kodiak was cooler than normal, having a mean temperature of 53.7°F, 1.5°F less than the expected mean of 55.2°F. The maximum temperature for the month (69°F) was observed on the 26th, and the minimum temperature was 40°F, reported on the 22nd. The low temperature of 41.0°F on the 18thset a new daily record minimum temperature for that day, breaking the record of 42°F set previously in 1985.
Precipitation was 30% below normal with a total of 3.18", 1.38" under the normal amount of 4.56". The average wind was 6.9 mph, while the highest wind gust occurred on the 27that 44 mph, blowing from a westerly direction.
Nome had a mean temperature for August of 49.2°F, 0.9°F below the normal value of 50.1°F. The maximum temperature was reported at 71°F on the 11th. The minimum temperature for the month was observed on the 20thand stayed above freezing at 35.0°F.
In July, Nome had nearly three times the normal amount of precipitation. August also had above normal rainfall with a total of 5.35". This is 2.13" over the normal amount of 3.22". Helping contribute to this high total was a record precipitation event on the 18th, when 1.06" fell, breaking the previous record of 0.95" set back in 1973. The average monthly wind speed was 8.1 mph, while the max wind speed was 44 mph, and occurred on the 24th of the month, blowing on the from a southwesterly direction.