Details for Thursday, November 29
High Temp: +19F
Low Temp: + 4F
Average High: +11F
Average Low: – 6F
Record High: +47F
Record Low: -40
A loss of 5 minutes, 30 seconds from yesterday
We have been getting rain for much of the night here in the Interior of Alaska. As I get ready to turn in for the night, I noticed that we are currently 34 degrees warmer than Minneapolis, and 2 degrees warmer than San Antonio, Texas.
From Sunday morning to Monday afternoon, my rain gauge totaled 1.9″. That’s a fair amount of precipitation for us in the Interior.
On Friday, we saw the mercury rise to 90 degrees, on Tuesday morning, I found a layer of ice on my truck’s bed cover. ICE!
One never knows what’s around the corner up here. Which, of course, is half the fun.
On Friday, as reported, the temps in Interior Alaska were in the 90’s. On Saturday, the high at my cabin was 80F, and by Sunday things had cooled down to a 54 degree high. A cool-off of 36 degrees since Friday. At the cabin, .7″ of rain fell through Sunday afternoon, which was needed.
On January 18th of this year, the low in Fairbanks was -52F. That makes a 142 degree swing this year alone, from year low to high. 142 degrees, so far…
The Pond has frozen
Temperatures this morning were in the low teens here, and the wind has not stopped howling since early Sunday. It made for a rough day out there, as I attempted to frame a deck in, while trying to keep the lumber from blowing away.
For the first time this season, the long underwear top went on, as did the flannel-lined Carhartt jeans. I do love those pants.
In other Alaska News:
Barrow, AK on 15 October 2016. Photo credit: Barrow Sea Ice Cam!
Utqiagvik, also known as “The Community Formerly Known as Barrow”, set a new record this autumn for the latest accumulation of snowfall. The old record was October 12, set in 1998, and every day without snowfall extends the record. Utqiagvik has seen flurries, but nothing measurable.
The first ten days of October saw Utqiagvik hit record warm temperatures. During that period, temperatures averaged 10.4 degrees above normal.
It should be noted, that “The Community Formerly Known as Barrow” also experienced a record early snow melt this past May. That record beat the old one by 10 days.
The northern Alaska community voted earlier this month to change the town’s name from the English “Barrow” back to the Inupiaq “Utqiagvik.” The vote was: 381 votes in favor to 375 votes opposed. Utqiagvik is pronounced Oot’-kee-ahg’-vick.
The wildfire smoke started to drift into the valleys on Saturday, which was followed by the rain on Sunday. After 90 degree weather last week, the high today was 55F, with a constant mist in the air. The rain gauge says we have received 1.15″ in the past 36 hours. I felt like I was working inside an aquarium all day.
If you don’t like the weather in Alaska, just hang around, it is bound to change in an hour or two.
The 80 degree temperatures that hit Fairbanks last week set a couple of records. Officially, at the airport, it hit 79 degrees on Friday and 82 degrees on Saturday, both record highs for the two days. The 82 degrees on Saturday broke a record that had been set in 1915.
How warm was it? It was so warm here on Saturday, that our low temp of 59 (also a record) was warmer than the high temp of 47 degrees in Chicago.
On average, our high temp this time of year is 60 degrees.