Christopher C. Burt is the author of 'Extreme Weather; A Guide and Record Book'. He studied meteorology at the Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison.
By: Christopher C. Burt , 8:43 PM GMT on April 14, 2013
Deep Freeze in Alaska
April has so far been one of the coldest such on record for Fairbanks, Alaska as we near the month’s halfway point (UPDATE: See comments section). Cold and snow have dominated the weather across the state recently.
As of April 14th the temperature has averaged just 9.7°F (-12.4°C) in Fairbanks which is 16.7°F (9.3°C) below normal and about what it should be in early March. The coldest temperature so far this month was -21°F (-29.4°C) on April 11th, a far cry from the city’s all-time April low of -32°F (-35.6°C) set on April 4, 1944 but the cold has been exceptionally persistent.
The snow depth is still hovering around 2 feet (60 cm) with more on the way. Julie Stricker wrote this piece on Friday (April 12th) for the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner wondering if spring will ever arrive in the city.
A recent photo of the landscape in the Fairbanks area. Photo by Ned Rozell for Fairbanks Daily News-Miner.
The rest of the state has faired little better. Anchorage has averaged 24.7°F (-4.1°C) or 8.7° (4.8°C) below normal and also has about 20” (50 cm) of snow still on the ground. Infamously snowy Valdez, which is running 7.1°F (3.9°C) below normal, had a snow pack of 84” (213 cm) as of April 9th following a three-day storm that deposited 38.5” (98 cm) on the 7th-9th.
The coldest temperature measured anywhere in the state so far this April has been -39°F (-39.4°C) at the North Slope village of Nuiqsut on April 7th. The all-time Alaska state April cold record remains safely at the -50°F (-45.6°C) recorded at Umiat in April of 1986.
Christopher C. Burt
P.S. I will be going through a jury selection process this coming week, so am not sure when I will be making my next post.
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