Objective Comments and Analysis - All Science, No Politics
Contributions by Richard James and Rick Thoman
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Here is a an updated plot of standardized daily temperature departures for Fairbanks thus far this year. Recall that standardized departures are simply a way of scaling the absolute departure from normal to reflect the typical variability for a given time of year Technically, it's the departure from normal divided by the standard deviation. In this case, the daily normal and the standard deviation are taken from the 1981-2010 NCDC normals. This month, the outstanding feature is the nearly unbroken persistence of the warm anomalies rather than any major daily extremes.