Thursday, October 4, 2012

Warm October Day

Temperatures rose into the 50s and lower 60s in southern Interior Alaska on Thursday. The high at Fairbanks Airport of 61F was just a degree shy of the October 4th record of 62F set in 1923. Other highs included 61F at Fort Greely, 59F at Fort Wainwright and Nenana, 58F at UAF West Ridge and 54F at Keystone Ridge. The unseasonably warm weather is the result of deep southerly flow aloft. This geostationary image from 630pm ADT Thursday tells the story:

The deep low in the central Bering Sea is the extra-tropical rebirth of ex-Typhoon Jelawat. The occlusion is stretched northeast to southwest across mainland Alaska, and south of Kodiak you can see the clouds arcing around a big high aloft centered over the southeast Gulf of Alaska. While temperatures will cool off some, for the most part it looks to remain warmer than normal through the weekend.

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