Climate Highlights and Other News

June 2019

Record Warm June at Kotzebue    

Thanks to very early loss of Kotzebue Sound sea ice and, as a result, exceptionally warm water in Kotzebue Sound, June was the warmest of record at Kotzebue The average temperature for the month was 56.8°F (13.8°C). This is 11.1°F (6.2°C) above normal and easily exceeds the previous warmest June of 2004, when the average temperature was 53.4°F (11.9°C). 

Hottest Day Ever at Northway    

The temperature at Northway on June 30 topped out at 92°F (33.3°C). This is the highest temperature of record in Northway, eclipsing the previous record of 91°F (32.8°C) set on June 15, 1969. Climate observations have been made at Northway since 1942. 

Warmest June of record at Talkeetna    

The average temperature at Talkeetna in June of 61.5°F (16.4°C) was 4.5°F (2.5°C) above normal and the warmest June of record, eclipsing the previous record 61.3°F (16.3°C) set in 1936. 

Record Warm June in Anchorage    

The average temperature at the Anchorage Airport in June was 60.5°F (15.8°C). This is easily the warmest June of record, breaking the previous record of 59.5°F (15.3°C) set in 2015. Four of the five warmest Junes of record at the Anchorage Airport have been since 2013. Climate observations have been made at the Anchorage Airport since 1952. 

November 2018 - April 2019 Alaska Climate Dispatch    

In this issue

  • Defining the Seasons
  • Climate and Weather Summary
  • Extreme March
  • Dangerous Ice
  • Sea Ice
  • ACCAP News

April 2019

Record Warm April at Kotzebue    

Thanks to a mild overall pattern but especially to frequent open water in Kotzbue Sound, the average temperature at Kotzebue for April of 25.7°F (-3.5°C) edged out the 25.5°F (-3.6°C) for the warmest April of record. The 1981-2010 average temperature at Kotzebue is 13.3F (-10.4°C). Climate observations have been made consistently at Kotzebue since the 1930s. 

Record Early Break-up on the Kuskokwim River at Bethel    

Break-up on the Kuskokwim River at Bethel this year occurred on April 13. This was, by a week, the earliest of record. The previous earliest being April 20, 2016. The typical break-up is now a week earlier than it was in the 1920s.

Record Early Break-up on Tanana River at Nenana    

The ice on the Tanana River at Nenana went out at 12:21am AKST on April 14th. This is more than two weeks earlier than average and is by more than six days the earliest break-up of record. The previous earliest was April 20, 1940 and 1998. The early morning break-up was quite unusual. This was only the seventh time in 103 years that the ice has gone out between midnight and 8am AKST. 

March 2019

Warmest March of Record in Nome    

The average temperature in Nome for March was 23.8°F (-4.6°C). This was 13.5 °F (7.5°C) above  the 1981-2010 normal and easily the warmest March of record. The previous warmest March occurred in 1981 when the average temperature was 22.2°F (-4.6°C). Nearly continuous climate observations have been made in Nome since 1907.

Record Warm March in Fairbanks    

The average temperature at Fairbanks in March was 27.6F. This is 16.2°F (9.0°C) above the 1981-2010 average and the highest average tempertaure for any March of record. The previous mildest March was 1981 when the average temperature was 27.1°F (-2.7°C).

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