Climate Highlights and Other News

September 2018

Near Record Warm September at Kodiak    

The average temperature in September at Kodiak was 53.9°F (12.2°C), making this the warmest September since 1929, when the average temperature was 54.5°F (12.5°C). Climate observations have been made at Kodiak, although with a few breaks, since 1913.

Warmest September of Record in Bethel    

The average temperature at Bethel in September was 51.1°F (10.6°C), making this the warmest September of record. The previous warmest September was is in 1926, when the average temperature was 50.7°F (10.4°C). Climate observations have been made at Bethel since the summer of 1923.

Warmest September of Record in Kotzebue    

This was the warmest September of record at Kotzebue. The average temperature of 49.1°F (9.5°C) was nearly seven degrees above normal. The previous warmest September was in 1974, when the average temperature was 47.7°F (8.7°C)

Warmest September of Record in Anchorage    

The average temperature at the Anchorage Airport in September was 55.0F (12.8C). This is more than six degrees above normal and is easily the warmest September of record. The previous warmest September was in 1995, when the average temperature was 53.6 (12.0C). The low temperature for the month was only 40F (4C), the first time the temperature has failed to get into the 30s at any point in September.

Record Dry September at Juneau    

Juneau Airport received only 2.28" (58mm) of rain in September. This is only 26 percent of normal and is the driest September of record. The previous driest was in 1965, when rainfall totaled just 2.34" (59mm) of rain. Climate observations have been made at the Juneau Airport since the early 1940s. 

Record Dry September at Sitka    

Sitka recorded just 3.55" (90mm) of rain in September. This is only 30% of normal and makes this the driest September of record at the Airport. The previous record low September rainfall was 3.94" (100mm) in 1986. Observations have been made at the Sitka Airport since the mid-1940s.  

Near Record Dry September in Gulkana    

Following the second wettest August of record at Gulkana, September turned the tables, with 0.10" (2.5mm) precipitation during the month is the second lowest of record. The only drier September since 1943 was in 1969, when there was just 0.07" (1.8mm) precipitation. 

August 2018

Record Warmth in Southwest Alaska    

The first week of August brought unusually warm weather to far southwest Alaska. Dutch Harbor reported a high of 79° (26°C) on August 6, and Cold Bay a record tying 73° (23°C) on August 5. Other unusual high temperatures in the Aleutians and Alaska Peninsula during this period included 76° (24°C) at Chignik, 69° (21°C) at Sand Point and 67° (19°C) at Adak. 

Brooks Range Snow    

Snow in the Brooks Range is not especially unusual in late August. Several inches fell in some areas on overnight on August 30-31, including an estimate 3" (7cm) at Toolik Lake near the Dalton Highway. At moderate elevations, the snow was largely melted away from late in the day of August 31. 

Near Record Wet August in Gulkana    

Gulkana Airport was soaked with 4.31" (109mm) of rain in August. This is more than twice normal and is the second highest August rainfall in more than 75 years of climate observations. The only wetter August was in 1973, when 4.94" of rain fell. 

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