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Alaskan communities see warm, dry May

By Brett Shepard 11:37 AM June 3, 2014

May 2014 climate numbers for Anchorage, Annette, Barrow, Bethel, Cold Bay, Fairbanks, Juneau, King Salmon, Kodiak, Kotzebue, McGrath, Nome, St. Paul and Yakutat.  These numbers were compiled by data obtained from the National Weather Service.

Synopsis – Over all, the month of May was warmer and drier than normal for most of Alaska. The main culprit for this weather pattern was a big ridge of high pressure that parked itself over the Bering Sea for most of the month.  Many parts of the state saw record warmth for the month. In Anchorage we saw our warmest May on record with an average temp of 52.1 degrees. This crushed the old record of 50.9 degrees set in 2004.

Anchorage – May 2014 was warmer and drier than normal for Anchorage.  The average high temp was 62.6 degrees and the normal average high temp for the month is 56.0 degrees. 0.0’’ of snow fell.  The average for the month is 0.3’’.  As for precipitation, this includes rain and melted snow, 0.47’’ fell.  The normal average is 0.72’’ of precipitation.  5 daily record highs fell this past May. On May 2 it hit 70 degrees, May 3 68 degrees, May 4 66 degrees, May 10 68 degrees, and May 17 73 degrees. No daily record lows were recorded for the month.

Annette – May 2014 was warmer and drier than normal for Annette.  The average high temp was 58.2 degrees and the normal average high temp for the month is 56.3 degrees.  0.0’’ of snow fell.  The average for the month is 0.1’’.  As for precipitation, this includes rain & melted snow, 4.96’’ fell.  The normal average is 5.56’’ of precipitation.  No daily record highs or lows were recorded for the month.

Barrow – May 2014 was warmer and snowier than normal for Barrow.  The average high temp was 29.8 degrees and the normal average high temp for the month is 25.8 degrees.  5.1’’ of snow fell.  The average for the month is 2.7’’.  As for precipitation, this includes rain & melted snow, 0.90’’ fell.  The normal average is 0.18’’ of precipitation.  Three daily record highs were recorded for the month. On May 1 it hit 37 degrees, on May 2 it hit 37 degrees, and on May 11 it hit 36 degrees. No daily record lows were recorded for the month.

Bethel – May 2014 was warmer and drier than normal for Bethel.  The average high temp was 53.3 degrees and the normal average high temp for the month is 50.5 degrees.  0.0’’ of snow fell.  The average for the month is 2.1’’.  As for precipitation, this includes rain & melted snow, 0.64’’ fell.  The normal average is 1.14’’ of precipitation.  One daily record high was recorded for the month.  It was 63 degrees on May 11.  No daily record lows were recorded for the month.

Cold Bay – May 2014 was warmer and drier than normal for Cold Bay.  The average high temp was 51.5 degrees and the normal average high temp for the month is 45.6 degrees.  A trace of snow fell.  The average for the month is 1.3’’.  As for precipitation, this includes rain & melted snow, 0.27’’ fell.  The normal average is 2.60’’ of precipitation.  Three daily record highs were recorded for the month.  It was 51 degrees on May 3, 63 on May 14, and 61 on May 15.  A daily record low of 28 was set on May 31.

Fairbanks – May 2014 was warmer and drier than normal for Fairbanks.  The average high temp was 63.6 degrees and the normal average high temp for the month is 60.9 degrees. A trace of snow fell.  The average for the month is 0.9’’.  As for precipitation, this includes rain & melted snow, 0.06’’ fell.  The normal average is 0.60’’ of precipitation.  A daily record high of 72 was recorded on May 3. No daily record lows were recorded for the month.

Juneau – May 2014 was warmer and drier than normal for Juneau.  The average high temp was 62.0 degrees and the normal average high temp for the month is 56.6 degrees.  0.0’’ of snow fell.  The average for the month is 0.0’’.  As for precipitation, this includes rain & melted snow, 1.67’’ fell.  The normal average is 3.40’’ of precipitation.  Three daily record highs were set with 73 degrees on May 9, 75 degrees on May 16, and 72 degrees on May 17. No daily record lows were recorded for the month.

King Salmon – May 2014 was warmer and wetter than normal for King Salmon.   The average high temp was 62.0 degrees and the normal average high temp for the month is 53.8 degrees.  0.0’’ of snow fell.  The average for the month is 0.8’’.  As for precipitation, this includes rain & melted snow, 2.04’’ fell.  The normal average is 1.25’’ of precipitation. Eight daily record highs were recorded.  It hit 67 degrees on May 10, 72 degrees on May 11, 73 degrees on May 12, 71 degrees on May 13, 72 degrees on May 14, 73 degrees on May 15, 78 degrees on May 16, and 68 on May 22.  No daily record lows were recorded for the month.

Kodiak – May 2014 was warmer and drier than normal for Kodiak.  The average high temp was 58.6 degrees and the normal average high temp for the month is 49.9 degrees.  0.0’’ of snow fell.  The average for the month is 0.2’’.  As for precipitation, this includes rain and melted snow, 1.19’’ fell.  The normal average is 5.62’’ of precipitation.  Four daily record highs were recorded for the month. It hit 66 on May 2, 66 on May 10, 66 on May 16, and 77 on May 17.  No daily record lows were recorded for the month.

Kotzebue – May 2014 was warmer and wetter than normal for Kotzebue.  The average high temp was 41.4 degrees and the normal average high temp for the month is 37.8 degrees.  A trace of snow fell.  The average for the month is 1.2’’.  As for precipitation, this includes rain and melted snow, 0.99’’ fell.  The normal average is 0.41’’ of precipitation. No daily record highs or lows were recorded for the month.

McGrath – May 2014 was warmer and drier than normal for McGrath.  The average high temp was 59.7 degrees and the normal average high temp for the month is 57.3 degrees.  A trace of snow fell.  The average for the month is 0.9’’.  As for precipitation, this includes rain and melted snow, 0.92’’ fell.  The normal average is 1.09’’ of precipitation.  Four daily record highs were recorded for the month. It hit 67 degrees on May 1, 71 on May 2, 69 on May 3, and 73 on May 15. No daily record lows were recorded for the month.

Nome – May 2014 was cooler and wetter than normal for Nome.  The average high temp was 40.0 degrees and the normal average high temp for the month is 43.1 degrees.  2.6’’ of snow fell.  The average for the month is 2.3’’.  As for precipitation, this includes rain and melted snow, 1.32’’ fell.  The normal average is 0.86’’ of precipitation.  No daily record highs or lows were recorded for the month.

St. Paul – May 2014 was warmer and drier than normal for St. Paul.  The average high temp was 43.5 degrees and the normal average high temp for the month is 40.4 degrees.  A trace of snow fell.  The average for the month is 1.1’’.  As for precipitation, this includes rain & melted snow, 0.71’’ fell.  The normal average is 1.13’’ of precipitation.  Four daily record highs were recorded. It hit 45 degrees on May 3, 47 degrees on May 11, 49 degrees on May 17, and 46 degrees on May 19. No daily lows were recorded for the month.

Yakutat – May 2014 was warmer and drier than normal for Yakutat.  The average high temp was 56.0 degrees and the normal average high temp for the month is 52.3 degrees.  0.0’’ of snow fell.  The average for the month is 0.4’’.  As for precipitation, this includes rain & melted snow, 4.13’’ fell.  The normal average is 8.21’’ of precipitation.  Five daily record highs were recorded for the month. It hit 66 degrees on May 1, 73 on May 2, 69 on May 3, 65 on May 16, and 68 on May 17. No daily record highs or lows were recorded for the month.

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