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Statement as of 11:32 AM AKDT on July 01, 2015



... Warm June temperatures are second record setting month in...
... In a row at Barrow ...

The average temperature in Barrow for June 2015 was 40.1 deg. F.
This was 4.5 degrees above normal and broke the previous warmest
June record of 39.0 deg. F. Set just two years ago in 2013.
May 2015 also tied for the warmest may of record making the past
two months the warmest combined may and June ever for Barrow.
The Chukchi Sea was ice free at Barrow the last day of June.


Public Information Statement

Statement as of 6:39 AM AKDT on July 01, 2015


... Monthly weather summary for June for Fairbanks Alaska...

June 2015 was the first month out of the last 11 months that was
below normal for temperatures after 10 consecutive months of above
normal temperatures. Despite having six 80 degree or warmer days
the cold spell during the first week of the month and smoke
cooled temperatures during the last week of the month chilled the
average temperature to below normal.

June started off very cool with 1 to 2 inches of snow falling just
east of Fairbanks in the Salcha area on the morning of the 1st.
The heavy wet snow broke tree limbs and caused several power
outages as snow laden limbs fell on power lines. Mixed rain and
snow was reported in North Pole and the surrounding hills but not
at the Airport.

The coldest temperature of 37 degrees for the month of June
occurred on both the 1st and on the 13th. Many of the typical
cold spots such as Salcha... North Pole and the goldstream valley
recorded low temperatures in the upper 20s and lower 30s on the
the 13th. The late season patchy frost nipped many tender plants
in these locations.

The warmest temperature of 85 degrees for the month of June
occurred on both the 15th and the 19th. The warm and dry
conditions baked central Alaska and combined with thunderstorms
contributed to the start of nearly 200 wild fires over the weekend
of the 20th and 21st. Multiple wild fires contributed to several
days of dense smoke that reduced visibility to under one mile and
produced very unhealthy air quality in the Fairbanks area on the
24th. The smoke obscured the sun and dramatically cooled the area
from high temperatures in the upper 70s and low 80s to temperatures
in the low 70s and upper 60s. Rains on the 26th and 27th cleared
the air and aided in fighting the Forest fires and greatly
improved the local air quality. A wet pattern developed on the
last day of the month with the heaviest 24 hour rainfall total of
0.22 inches.

The average high temperature for the month of June was 70.6
degrees which was 1.0 degrees below the normal high temperature
of 71.6 degrees. This ranks as the 55th warmest of 110 years of
record. The average low temperature for the month of June was 48.9
degrees and was 0.4 degrees below the normal low temperature of
49.3 degrees. This ranks as the 46th warmest of 110 years of
record. The average mean temperature was 59.8 degrees which was 0.6
degrees below the normal mean temperature of 60.4 degrees. This
ranks as the 50th warmest of 110 years of record.

1.03 inches of rain fell during the month of June which was 0.34
inches below the average rain fall of 1.37 inches. This ranks as
the 36th driest of 103 years of record. No snow fell at the
Fairbanks Airport however snow did fall just east of town on the
1st. The 2014 to 2015 snow season ended on the 1st of July with
only 43.8 inches of snow falling at the Airport for the season.
This is 21.2 inches below the normal seasonal snow fall of 65.0
inches.

Looking forward to the month of July possible sunshine decreases
by nearly 4 minutes per day on the 1st and by over 7 minutes per
day by the 15th of July. Possible sunshine decreases from 21 hours
and 27 minutes on the 1st to 18 hours and 18 minutes on the 31st.
Continuous civil Twilight ends on the 27th of July. The average
daily high temperature decreases from 74 degrees on the 1st to 70
degrees on the 31st. The average daily low temperature decreases
from 53 degrees on the 1st to 51 degrees on the 31st.

The forecast for the month of July from the climate prediction
center calls for increased chances for above normal temperatures
and equal chances for below normal... near normal... or above
normal precipitation.

Observed last month... 06/2015

                         observed rank
avg Max temp (f) 70.6 55th warmest of 110 years
avg min temp (f) 48.9 46th warmest of 110 years
avg temp (f) 59.8 50th warmest of 110 years
total precip (in) 1.03 36th driest of 103 years


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