Alaska's Panhandle Cooler
in May; Interior Warmer than Normal
June 06, 2007
Temperature conditions for a large swath of Alaska's Interior
and southern regions continued a trend of warmer than normal
weather. Many locations that were warm also experienced dryness.
Temperatures for the southern coastal areas, from the Panhandle
to the Alaska Peninsula, were just a few degrees below normal,
while the Northwest was more than 3 degrees Fahrenheit below
Some notable weather-related
features that occurred across the state during May were green-up
for the Interior, thunderstorm activity statewide, and wildfire
activity, burning nearly 40,000 acres statewide by month's end.
In Ketchikan, at the southern
end of the Panhandle, it was a bit cooler than normal, and rainfall
fell short of the normal total for May. The average temperature
for the month was 47.3 degrees Fahrenheit, which is 1.2 degrees
below normal. High temperatures averaged 55 degrees, while low
temperatures averaged 39 degrees. The highest daily maximum temperature
was 71 degrees on May 15. The lowest temperature of freezing
(32 degrees Fahrenheit) was observed on May 8, and again on the
18th. Precipitation totaled 7.48 inches for the month, and measurable
amounts occurred on 19 days, with another two days of trace events.
This monthly total is over an inch shy of the normal 8.70 inches
May brought cooler and wetter than normal conditions for Juneau
this year. The monthly average temperature was 46.7 degrees Fahrenheit,
1.2 degrees cooler than normal. The average high and low were
55 degrees and 39 degrees, respectively. The temperature got
as warm as 68 degrees on May 23, and as low as 29 degrees on
the 1st. It was wetter by more than three quarters of an inch
at the airport as 4.27 inches of rain was reported during the
month. A trace of snow was recorded due to hail that occurred
on May 8. The airport reported a peak wind gust of 45mph on May
6, though winds in downtown were considerably lower.
Both the temperature and precipitation conditions in King Salmon
were very close to normal in May. The average temperature for
the month was just 0.3 degrees Fahrenheit above normal at 43.2
degrees. The average high and low were 53 degrees and 34 degrees,
respectively. The highest and lowest temperatures for the month
were 63 degrees and 25 degrees on May 21 and the 11th, respectively.
There was measurable precipitation during 12 days of May for
a total of 1.41 inches, which is 0.06 more than normal. The highest
wind gust was 46 mph, and was reported on May 22.
Weather conditions were close
to climatology in Anchorage this May, with an average monthly
temperature 1 degree Fahrenheit above normal, and a precipitation
total just 0.04 inch below normal. The average temperature was
47.9 degrees Fahrenheit, and the average high and low temperatures
were 56 degrees and 40 degrees, respectively. The high and low
temperatures for the month were 65 degrees on May 20, and 33
degrees on May 3, and the 6th. Precipitation occurred on eight
days during the month for a total of 0.66 inch and the highest
daily amount was just over a quarter inch on May 7.
Fairbanks had a rather mild and dry May in 2007. The average
monthly temperature was 51 degrees Fahrenheit, which is warmer
than normal by 2.2 degrees. The average high was 62 degrees Fahrenheit.
The average low was 40 degrees. While the absolute high was a
balmy 79 degrees (May 25-26), the absolute low was a chilly 25
degrees (May 1). There were seven days during the second half
of the month when the temperature was 70 degrees, or higher.
Green-up around the Fairbanks area occurred on May 4, about a
week earlier than normal. Precipitation was about a quarter inch
less than normal at 0.86 inch. Rainfall occurred on seven days
in May, and trace events accounted for
another five days.
It was a cool and wet May in Barrow this year. The average temperature
of 16.9 degrees Fahrenheit was just more than 3 degrees cooler
than normal. Similarly, the average high and low temperatures
were cooler than normal at 22 degrees and 12 degrees, respectively.
On May 24, the high reached 32 degrees. On May 16, the low for
the month, minus 4 degrees, was reported. This temperature tied
the record low for the date. Precipitation totaled a quarter
inch, which is about twice the normal amount. Snowfall also was
above average, with 6 inches for the month. By the end of May,
8 inches of snow was on the ground at the airport, over twice
the normal amount for that time of year. The sunset on May 10
was the last one to be seen at Barrow until August 3.
Nome had a warmer and drier than normal May, continuing April's
trend. The average temperature for the month was 1.8 degrees
Fahrenheit warmer than normal at 38.5 degrees. The average high
and low for the month were 46 degrees and 31 degrees, respectively,
which are both warmer than normal. On May 25, the high for the
month, 66 degrees, was reported. May 5, 13, and 14 all experienced
the month's lowest temperature, 18 degrees. Precipitation was
a meager 0.08 inch, about 10 percent of normal for May and a
trace of snow occurred early in the month.
This information consists of
preliminary climatological data that was compiled at the Alaska
Climate Research Center, Geophysical Institute, University of
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