Climate Highlights and Other News

September 2018

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. 

Near Record Wet August at Northway    

Northway was soaked with 5.28" (134mm) of rain in August. This is more than three times the normal rainfall and is the second highest August total in more than 70 years of climate observations. The only wetter August was in 1944, when 6.42" (163mm) of rain fell. Climate observations have been made at Northway since the autumn of 1942. 

Heavy Rain in Yakutat    

Yakutat was soaked with 6.94" (176mm) of rain on August 6 and 7. While not a record, this was the greatest two-day rainfall in summer in more than a decade: August 23-24, 2005 there was 9.28" (236mm) of rain. 

Record Low Temperature at Bettles    

The low temperature at Bettles on August 15 was 29°F (-2°C). This just breaks the previous record for the date of 30°F (-1°C) set in 1973. 

Warm Night in Anchorage    

The low temperature at Anchorage Airport on August 5 of 62°F (17°C) was a new record high minimum temperature for the date, breaking the previous record of 59°F (15°C) set in 1997. More significantly, this tied with August 10, 1994 for the highest daily minimum temperature of record in August.  

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.  

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