The scene is wet and breezy in Fairbanks today, as showers move quickly through the area on a brisk westerly flow. This is the 14th day with measurable rainfall so far in June, which is the most since 1994; only 7 days have remained dry this month. The month-to-date rainfall of 2.25" (not including today) is the 3rd highest on record, behind only 1955 and 1977.
The chart below shows that year-to-date precipitation is now about an inch above normal, which is a huge turn-around from the record dry conditions at the beginning of the year. The difference is that we no longer have El Niño-related low pressure in the North Pacific, keeping dry southerly flow over Alaska; this month so far we have seen quite the reverse, with above-normal 500 mb heights south of the Alaska Peninsula and low pressure over the Beaufort Sea (see the map below). Unsurprisingly Barrow is also seeing a wet summer so far, with a record 10 days of measurable precipitation and near-record 0.61" of total precipitation already this month.
This year is now wetter to-date than any of the past 5 years in Fairbanks (see below), but the record summer rains of 2014 got under way at about this date, so it's highly unlikely that this year will remain ahead of that year for much longer.
With respect to temperatures, the excessive warmth of spring has been replaced by some modestly negative anomalies at times in recent weeks. Only 16 days so far this year have reached 70°F, which is the lowest number since 2008; but this is also equal to the 1981-2010 normal, so the coolness could hardly be called unusual except in comparison to recent years.