20.53 inches of rain in Ketchikan
December 05, 2008
Ketchikan had only two dry days during the month. Ten days had more than 1 inch of precipitation-almost twice the normal amount for November. The total precipitation was 20.53 inches, a positive departure of 4.8 inches. Temperatures averaged 3.4 degrees warmer than normal for a monthly mean of 42.2 degrees Fahrenheit. High and low temperatures averaged 46 and 38 degrees, respectively. The high for the month was 54 degrees and occurred Nov. 1, while the low for the month was 31 degrees on Nov. 9 and 19. Winds were close to normal, with an average speed of 8.4 mph.
In Anchorage, November temperatures were very close to the climatological normala rarity for wintertime in the Far North. The mean temperature of the month was 20.9 degrees Fahrenheit, just 0.9 degrees cooler than normal for November. High and low temperatures were 26 degrees and 16 degrees, respectively. The monthly high and low temperatures were 34 degrees Nov. 10 and 12, and 6 degrees Nov. 18 and 21. Heating degree-days were just slightly more than normal, with 1,314 units for the month. Snowfall was an abundant 21.7 inches, almost twice the normal amount for November. A foot of snow was on the ground at the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport by December. This amount of snow was six inches above average. Liquid equivalent precipitation was 1.11 inches, slightly more than normal. Winds at the airport averaged about 5 mph for the month.
In Fairbanks, November was colder and a drier than normal this year. The average temperature for the month was just below zero at minus 1.4 degrees Fahrenheit, cooler than the average November by 3.7 degrees. At the airport, the high temperature failed to reach 20 degrees during the month. On Nov. 11 and 28, it reached only 17 degrees Fahrenheit, though the low for the month was 25 degrees below zero, which occurred Nov. 19. The average high and low temperatures during November were 7 degrees and minus 10 degrees below zero, respectively. Snowfall totaled 6.5 inches-about half the normal amount for November-and 10 inches were on the ground at the airport by December. The snowfall was a couple of inches below normal. Liquid equivalent precipitation was 0.28 inches, which is about four-tenths of an inch below average. Winds were quite light, averaging about 1 mph, typical for the time of year in Fairbanks. Heating degree-days totaled 1,986 units, which is 100 units more than normal, and a result of the cooler than average weather.
Big Delta had a cold and dry
November. It was only during the last week of the month that
there was a noticeable warm-up with above average temperatures.
The mean monthly temperature was 4.1 degrees Fahrenheit, which
is 2.3 degrees below average. The high and low temperatures averaged
12 degrees and minus 4 degrees, respectively. Liquid equivalent
precipitation totaled 0.59 inches-two-tenths less precipitation
than normal for November. Winds were about 13 mph on average,
which is right about normal for this
In November, it snowed on all
but two days in Barrow for a monthly total of 12.3 inches-nearly
four times the normal amount. Snow on the ground at the airport
was 14 inches by the start of December, which is six inches more
than normal. The liquid water equivalent precipitation was twice
the normal amount and totaled 0.31 inches. Temperatures were
consistently above normal in November. The average temperature
for the month was 4 degrees Fahrenheit, a positive departure
of almost five degrees. High and low temperatures averaged 9
degrees and minus 1 degree Fahrenheit, respectively. The monthly
high and low temperatures were 21 degrees Nov. 3, and minus 23
In Nome, the later half of November was quite cool since temperatures were well below normal. The monthly mean was 7.6 degrees below normal at 9 degrees Fahrenheit. The average high temperature was 17 degrees. The average low temperature was 1 degree. On Nov. 1, the monthly high of 29 degrees Fahrenheit was reported. On Nov. 28, the low of 21 degrees below zero occurred. Due to the cold, heating degree-days were about 225 units more than normal for the month with 1,671. Snowfall was 4.4 inches less than normal with 9.1 inches for the month. Ten inches of snow were on the ground at the airport by month's end. Liquid equivalent precipitation totaled 0.37 inches, about 30 percent of normal for November. Winds averaged 5.5 miles per hour at the airport.
In November, there were some
wide temperature swings in King Salmon, with a high of 42 degrees
Fahrenheit Nov. 9, and a low of minus 21 degrees Fahrenheit Nov.
30. Overall, temperatures were well below normal, with a mean
for the month of 14.8 degrees. This temperature is 8.4 degrees
cooler than normal for November and it ranks as the tenth coldest
on record. On Nov. 21, there was a record low of minus 14 degrees.
On average, though, the lows were 6 degrees and the highs were
23 degrees. Heating degree-days were
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