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March 13, 2014
The temperature of Fairbanks was somewhat above normal for 2013 at a mean temperature of 28.1 degrees Fahrenheit. The highest temperature of 92 degrees was observed June 25 and June 26, close to the summer solstice with more than 21.5 hours of sunlight. There were 30 days with temperatures above 80 degrees, surpassing the long-term mean of twelve days by more than twofold. The lowest temperature...
March 11, 2014
February temperatures were mixed throughout the month across the state, with nine of the 20 first order stations reporting positive deviations and eleven recording negative deviations. The month began with warmer than normal temperatures. After the first week, though, temperatures dipped below normal for two weeks. By month’s end, temperatures warmed to above normal. The peak deviation, minus 14....
February 14, 2014
Satellite data for the Arctic has shown that the amount of vegetation has increased or greened over the last three decades. A group of multidisciplinary scientists have worked together for the last decade to identify the causes of these changes and highlights of this research will be presented as the fifth installment in the 2014 Science for Alaska Lecture Series on Tuesday, February 18 at 7 p.m...
February 7, 2014
January started off quiet on the weather front. Light freezing drizzle was reported in Anchorage on the 12th, the offshoot of a larger storm that had moved through the Bering Sea. Heavy rains on January 14 resulted in flood warnings and three landslides that blocked roads on Prince of Wales Island. These events also knocked out Internet access for most of the island. A small landslide at Sitka...
December 19, 2013
November started off with freezing rain in Fairbanks on the 1st. Then a major storm impacted the western portion of the state on the 5th and moved quickly with high winds. During that storm, a gust of 81 mph was reported at Adak. November 5 also brought heavy snow over Eagle Summit on the Steese Highway. Fairbanks’ first subzero temperature arrived on the 7th. This occurred later than the normal...
December 17, 2013
By Ned Rozell SAN FRANCISCO — Last July, while we Alaskans enjoyed another warm day, the surface temperature dropped to minus 135.3 degrees Fahrenheit in an icy trough on a south-facing ridge in western Antarctica.  According to the man who noticed the temperature, Ted Scambos at the National Snow and Ice Data Center in Boulder, Colo., that and another day during Antarctica’s polar...
November 22, 2013
By Meghan MurphyUAF College of Natural Science and MathematicsUniversity of Alaska Fairbanks professor Catherine Cahill has been selected to serve as a fellow to the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. Starting in January, Cahill will spend up to a year in Washington D.C. learning about public policy while contributing her scientific expertise to a broad range of energy and...
November 5, 2013
Alaska Statewide Climate SummaryOctober 2013TemperatureOctober temperatures were above normal across the state throughout the month with all 20 first order stations reporting positive deviations. The only day with a negative divergence occurred October 1. The month’s peak deviation was 15.5 degrees Fahrenheit, which coincided with a storm impacting Southcentral and the Interior on the 28th. This...
October 14, 2013
 Fairbanks was 1.1 degrees below its long-term mean, with a monthly mean temperature of 43.8 degrees Fahrenheit for September. The warmest temperature for the month, 71 degrees, occurred the 10th. Three days later, a cold spell occurred lasting nine days. On the 23rd, a temperature of 23 degrees was recorded, which was the coldest temperature of the month. Precipitation in Fairbanks was...
September 10, 2013
 August in Fairbanks was warmer than normal, with a monthly mean temperature of 59.4 degrees Fahrenheit or 3.3 degrees above the long-term mean of 56.1 degrees for the month. The highest temperature was 85 degrees on the 1st and 7th. The high temperature on the 7th was a new daily record, breaking the 1968 record of 83 degrees. The coldest temperature for the month, 34 degrees Fahrenheit,...