Climate Highlights and Other News

July 2018

Record High Temperature at Kodiak    

The temperature on July 3 rose to 77°F (25°C) at Kodiak. This is a new record high for the date, breaking the previous record of 75°F (24°C) set in 1999 and 1979.  

Record High Temperature at Anchorage    

The high temperature of 80°F (27°C) at the Anchorage Airport on July 3 was a new record for the date. The previous record high was 79°F (26°C) set in 1979.  

Warm Night in Delta Junction    

The low temperature at Fort Greely near Delta Junction on July 26 was 66°F (19°C). This easily broke the previous highest minimum temperature for the date of 60°F (16°C) set in 2009, and is also the second highest July low temperature of record. Only July 29, 2009, with a low of 68°F (20°C) is higher. Climate observations have been made at Ft. Greely since 1941. 

Near Record High Low Temperature at Kotzebue    

The low temperature at Kotzebue on July 30 of 64°F (18°C) is a record high low temperature for the date, breaking the previous record of 58F set in 1977. More significantly, this also ties for the second highest (reliable) daily low temperature of record. There have been three days in the past 75 years with a low temperature of 65F (18C) and six days with a low of 64F (18C). 

Unusual July Snow at Utqiaġvik (Barrow)    

Flurries or mixed rain and snow at Utqiaġvik (Barrow) in July is not unusual. However, more than a dusting in July is much less common. On July 7, rain turned to snow in the evening and a couple inches of slushy snow accumulated on elevated surfaces. This is the greatest July snow since July 4, 1963, when 2.9" of snow fell. 

Near Record Warm July in Ketchikan    

The average temperature at Ketchikan in July was 63.4°F (17.4°C). This is almost six degrees warmer than normal and makes this the second warmest July of record. Only July 1958, with an average temperature of 63.8°F (17.7°C) was warmer. Climate observations have been made at Ketchikan, with only a few breaks, since 1910. 

Record Warm July at Juneau    

The average temperature during July at the Juneau Airport was 61.2°F (16.2°C). This is more than four degrees warmer than normal and easily the warmest July and warmest calendar month of record at the Juneau Airport. The previous warmest July was in 1951, when the average temperature was 60.2°F (15.7°C). The high temperature reached 70F or higher on 18 days, the most in any month since July 1951. 

Heavy Rain at Utqiaġvik (Barrow)    

Rainfall on the North Slope is typically quite light. However, during the overnight period from July 17 to 18 at Utqiaġvik (formally Barrow), more than half an inch of rain (0.55", 14mm) fell in just nine hours. This much rain in such a short period of time is expected only about once every five years. The 0.39" (9.9mm) that fell on July 18 was a new record for the date. 

Record High Temperatures across Southern Alaska    

Strong high pressure at the surface and aloft brought record high temperatures to a wide area in southern Alaska from Bristol Bay to the Panhandle on July 3. Daily record high temperatures set at long-term climate stations included Juneau Airport at 83°F (28°C), King Salmon 82°F (28°C) and on July 4, 71°F (22°C) at Homer.

June 2018

Heavy Early Summer Rain at McGrath    

McGrath was soaked with 1.01" (26mm) of rain on June 16. This was easily a record for the date and is only the eighth June day in the past 78 years to receive more than one inch of rain. 

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