Alaska ThawsMay 26th, 2013 at 1:45 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
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.