On another note, it appears Fort Yukon reached about 88 °F today, which ties the highest recorded temperature for so late in the season according to GHCN data - although the GHCN historical record is highly incomplete in recent decades. Rick may be able to comment on whether more recent data are available.
Wednesday, August 7, 2013
Fairbanks Precipitation Update
Reader Mike asked about Fairbanks precipitation since May 1 and whether the dry conditions are within normal climate variability. The chart below, showing annual values for May 1 - Aug 6 precipitation, indicates that the dryness is very unusual, but not unprecedented - the precipitation for this period is the 3rd lowest in the Weather Bureau/NWS era, exceeding only 1957 and 1966. The number of days with measurable precipitation (17 out of 98 possible days) is also the 3rd lowest.