Fairbanks Airport reported a peak wind of 51 mph at 1021AM Monday. Gust data is only available at Fairbanks since the mid-1980s, but since then this is the highest gust of record for December. The previous record was just 38 mph on Christmas Eve 1985.
Here is a plot of winds from the NRCS SNOTEL up on Eagle Summit at Mile 107 Steese Highway (elevation 3750' MSL). Winds between an ASOS/AWOS and SNOTEL are not directly comparable, but you get the idea. The anemometer often ices up on Eagle Summit, but evidently not today.
It's been a really windy day up there! The highest gust has been 55 mph, and a quick look shows nothing that high in the past couple winters (50 mph was the highest reported in the storms last February)
Right now Texas and parts of Florida are colder than Alaska.ReplyDelete