Climate Highlights and Other News

July 2017

Warmest Month of Record at McGrath    

McGrath experienced the warmest month of record in July 2017. The average temperature of 63.7°F (17.6°C) just exceed the 63.5°F (17.5°C) record, observed in July 1997. Climate observations have been made at McGrath since the summer of 1941. The Alaska Dispatch noted that McGrath was one of "3 Interior Alaska towns [that] just had their warmest month on record."

Record Warm July at Utqiaġvik (Barrow)    

The average July temperature at Utqiaġvik (Barrow) was 46.0°F (7.8°C). This is more than five degrees above normal, making 2017 the warmest July in nearly a century of climate observations. The previous warmest July was 1989, when the average temperature was 45.5°F (7.5°C). 

Warm Night at Utqiaġvik (Barrow)    

July 18's low temperature at Utqiaġvik (Barrow) was 49°F (9°C). This is not only a new record high for the minimum temperature on that date, surpassing the old record of 47°F (8°C) set in 1951, but only one degree from the highest minimum temperature of record in July of 50°F (10°C), set most recently on July 13, 2016. 

Record High Temperature at King Salmon    

The temperature at King Salmon rose to 80°F (27°C) on July 23. This is a new record for that date, eclipsing the previous record of 78°F (26°C), set in 2013. The normal high at King Salmon in late July is 64°F (18°C). 

Damaging Winds in Fairbanks    

Unusually strong winds associated with a large storm in the Bering Sea brought widespread power outages to the greater Fairbanks area on July 24. Winds gusting 35–40 mph over several hours brought branches onto power lines. More than 8000 Golden Valley Electric Association customers lost power, and a few were without power for more than eight hours. Alaska Public Media featured the event as, "Strong winds sweep through Interior."

June 2017

Record High Temperature at Talkeetna    

Talkeetna's temperature on the afternoon of June 1 rose to 79° (26°C). This is the highest temperature of record for the first day of June, exceeding the previous record of 77°F (25°C) set in 1996. Climate observaitrons have been made at Talkeetna since 1918. 

Record High Temperature at Bethel    

The high temperature at Bethel on June 2 was 76°F (24°C). This just exceeded the previous record high for the date of 75°F (24°C), set in 1993. Climate observations have been made at Bethel since 1923. 

Cool Month at Utqiaġvik (Barrow)    

The average temperature during June at Utqiaġvik (Barrow) was 34.7°F (1.5°C). This is less than one degree below normal, but marks the first month to be cooler than normal by any amount since December 2015.