Alaska Thaws

May 26th, 2013 at 1:45 am by under Bill's Blog, Weather

Yukon Flood   Picture from KTUU shows the spring flood of the Yukon River.  Barrow, Alaska had their warmest temperature of the spring on Friday at 39 degrees. The Airport in Barrow is down to 2″ of snow on the ground.  They have had a snow cover of 1″ or more every day since Oct. 11, 2012.   Barrow is above the Arctic Circle and they get 24-hours of daylight now.  From May 12 thru August 1, the sun stays above the horizon 24-hours a day.  If you don’t like hot weather, you’d like Barrow.   The average high temperature reaches a maximum of only 47 in July.   Nome hasn’t been above 38 (even though their average high is 47 right now).  They are 9.2 deg. colder than average for May so far.  The last time Nome had a high temperature above average was April 27.  They are down to their last inch of snow (reaching a high snow cover of 30″ in February.  The constant sunshine in May melts the snow some even when the temperature is below freezing.   Fairbanks finally had a couple warm days, with highs of 71 on Friday and 76 on Saturday.  They are still 9 degrees colder than average for May.  The average high temperature in Fairbanks is now 66 (not too far from the average of 72 in G.R. right now).  These are the first two days that have been warmer than average since April 2.  Anchorage just had back-to-back days in the mid 60s.  They are still 4.6 deg. colder than average for May.  They had a 1″ or more snow cover thru May 3rd.  They also had measurable snow on the 17th and 18th.  With the extended daylight, it’s a nice time to check out Alaska webcams, like this one in Barrow, or check out the snow at Thompson Pass or Merrill Pass.    Here’s a picture of lenticular clouds in Alaska and people shoveling snow on May 17th in Nome.

29 Responses to “Alaska Thaws”

  1. michael g (SE GR) says:

    #fastestWarmingPlaceOnEarth update.

    1. Bill Steffen says:

      unless you count that camping trip on Mt. St. Helens on 5/18/80.

      1. michael g (SE GR) says:

        All that carbon contributed to the Alaska warming you know.

    2. Brad says:

      I’m glad you recognize the rapid warming that has been taking place in Alaska, Michael!

      1. michael g (SE GR) says:

        Too bad you don’t recognize sarcasm…

        Much of Alaska has been extraordinarily cold of late. Fairbanks is running 10.2 deg. colder than average for May after being 14.3 deg. colder than average in April. The last day Fairbanks had that was warmer than average was April 2!

        1. Brad says:

          Yeah, that’s called weather!

        2. Robert (Plainwell) says:

          No Brad it is the cold PDO.

      2. Brad says:

        Finally, after all these years! I’ll look forward to the glaciers growing.

  2. fixxxer says:

    Once again a big power outage in wyoming.

    1. Bill Steffen says:

      Yeah, a car hit a utility pole on 131 by 28th St.

      1. fixxxer says:

        Figures. Thats always the case.

  3. fixxxer says:

    Bills been hinting on a cooler spring and summer for awhile now, you can tell. I see the way its gonna go. A few warm days followed by a weeks worth of cool spells. Not to mention yet another spring of almost no severe weather.

    1. Brad says:

      Well, meteorological spring is almost over. March and April were cool and May was warm (how anyone could call this May cool is beyond me). How’s bout shelving the weather ennui for awhile and enjoying the nice days that are sure to come? Michigan summers are tough to beat.

      1. fixxxer says:

        Hard to beat huh? Not if there on the cool side. Sorry but i diagree, over all this spring has been chilly minus a few days. The lack of severe weather the past 2-3 years has even drove charles and several others to leave the state to get their fix.

  4. Travis (Oakland County) says:

    What a great May! I’m at +5.1 degrees above average right now with upper 80′s on tap later in the week.

    According to NWS, I’ve had 15 clear days and only 2 cloudy days.

    GR, meanwhile, the cloud capital of the world it seems has had only 3 clear days in May and 5 cloudy days. Which is still good for them!

    1. michael g (SE GR) says:

      Not sure how you define a clear day, but 15 of the first 26 days in May in GR had 75% sunshine or greater. We’re at +4.1* through yesterday and dropping.

      1. Travis (Oakland County) says:

        Defined by NWS.

  5. Jack says:

    Not a Bad Day Weather- Wise, While Sitting on My Back Porch a Few Minutes Ago, I Saw a Beautiful MALE BLUEBIRD… Absolutely AWESOME ! Wow…. Thank- You….Lord !!!!! :-)

  6. Mark (East Lansing) says:

    Picture perfect spring day today. Can’t ask for a better day.

  7. Heidi Kortman says:

    Saw a ring around the sun today. Hazy and mostly white. Not easily seen without sunglasses, but it was there.

  8. Jack says:

    I’m Ready 4, WARMER Temps. ” All Summer Long “. !!!!!!!!! Cue, Kid Rock::::::::: ENJOY, and Excuse Me while I Smoke Those ” FUNNY THINGS”….. ;-)

    1. Swatz_Zoo(Cedar Springs) says:

      Absolutely LOVE this Cue!! This song never gets old or dull! Makes me want to go play Guitar Hero “Sweet Home Alabama.”

      1. Jack says:

        Yeah, I can so Identify with This CUE !! Ahhhhhh, THEEEE GOOD OLE DAYS !!! Stay Cued, and Good to See Ya Back on Billy’s Blog…. Swat- Zoo !!!! Missed YOU…… ;-)

        1. Swatz_Zoo(Cedar Springs) says:

          Thanks Jack, missed all the tracking last week of the so called storms. Had a little bit of a house fire that left us unable to reside in our home for a bit, but all is good at the YardOfDucks now, just got done with restoration and clean up now to wait for appliances and repair to take place. Just a little messy inconvenience, my heart goes out to the people of Oklahoma their lives have been changed mine only has been inconvenienced for the time being.

  9. Nathan says:

    These allergies stink, now I have a sinus infection and my ears are popping… Any tips on how to relieve the pain?

  10. Clarence says:

    I knew it. The glaciers will melt the whole state but I don’t get the big deal because its just ice and will freeze again. You guys need to focus on more important issues.

  11. cbm says:

    bill will you clear up something for me. Does heat lightning exist? I have seen it for years but my wife says it is not real and she was a teacher and the brains in the family. We have a nice dinner on this which will be good as it will be the first meal out since most of our belongings were destroyed in floods.

  12. Latest GFS has the heavy rain shifted east to bring between 3-4 inches over the next 7 days ! I was afraid this might be the case, the EURO shows .80 over the next 10 days but that was the 12z run so will see if the 00z run trends towards the GFS or if it holds it’s ground.

    1. Brian(Grandville) says:

      For what part of the region Mark?

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