Monday, September 27, 2010

Tastes of Winter

A few flurries in the Fairbanks area Sunday. Monday morning low temperatures mostly teens and lower. The low of 19F at Keystone Ridge is the second earliest sub-20 degree temperature in 15 years of observations. The low of 16F at Fairbanks airport is the lowest September temperature since 1993, and the more remarkable with the lack of snow cover today. The cold spots were in the single digits, with 6 above at Goldstream Creek and Chatanika (Mile 43 Steese). The lowest reported temperature in the area was 3 above at the Angel Creek RAWS, near Chena Hot Springs. This site, though on the valley bottom, is not usually a cold spot as there is often a downvalley drainage wind here that breaks the inversion. Not this morning though.

Apparently one record low this morning: 0F in Bettles breaks the old record for Sept 27th of +6F set in 1957 and ties the record low for September. Again all with no snow on the ground.

There also was some snow Sunday in the Anchorage area, including at least a small accumulation on the hillside

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