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.
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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.
Posted by Richard James at 6:42 PM
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The NWS Fairbanks Office put out a PNS today with some rainfall information: http://www.nws.noaa.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=AK&prodtype=public#PNSAFGReplyDelete
Thanks for the info. It will be interesting to see if this stagnant pattern hangs out into the fall with a strong Aleutian low and a ridge poking north causing persistent southerly flow into eastern Alaska.