Clear skies and offshore flow at Barrow allowed temperatures to briefly drop quite low for the time of year in the early morning hours of yesterday. The temperature dropped to 6 °F before clouds and snow reappeared; the temperature was back up to 31 °F by late afternoon.
The low of 6 °F is the coldest so early in the season for Barrow since 1985, when 3 °F was observed on the same date. The earliest that 0 °F has been observed is October 3.
The chart below show that temperatures have been close to normal in Barrow since mid-August, but were frequently much above normal throughout the early and middle summer. The June-August average temperature was the sixth warmest on record, and 2013 was the fifth consecutive summer that was warmer than the 1981-2010 average.