Wednesday, June 1, 2011

May: Consistently Dry, Bipolar Temperatures

Fairbanks Airport wound up with 0.04 inches precip for the month of May, making this the driest May in the Weather Bureau/NWS era (since 1930) and the third driest since 1905 (the 1971-2000 normal is 0.64 inches). However, because all the precip was showery, even early in the month, amounts varied significantly, though everywhere was below normal. Here on the ridge, the monthly total of 0.38 was only the lowest since 2003.

Temperatures though flipped right at mid-month, going from near to below normal through the 15th then consistently much above normal thereafter. The average temperature the last week of the month of 66.7F is the warmest May week of record in 106 years of obervations.

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