Hot and Cold in AlaskaSeptember 3rd, 2013 at 8:20 pm by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
This is a screen grab from the FAA webcam at Bettles, Alaska, where daylight is shrinking at the rate of 7 minutes per day. Last Saturday morning, Bettles dropped to 15F. That was the coldest temperature ever recorded in Bettles during August, smashing the previous record of 22 deg. on August 30, 1969. A thermometer that was in a different location in Bettles had a 20 deg. reading back on August 24, 1948. Other lows last Saturday included 17 at Chandalar Lake and Coldfoot and a frosty 13 at Norutak Lake, west of Bettles. Barrow (northernmost point in Alaska) recorded their 2nd coldest 500mb (around 18,000 feet) temperature ever for August on the 31st at -37.5C. Back on 6/18, Anchorage recorded one of their warmest 850 mb (around 5,000 feet) temperatures ever at 18.4C. The earliest first measurable snowfall in Fairbanks was 3″ on 8/30/1922 and the latest was 10/31/1918. The average first measurable snow for Fairbanks is Sept. 29. Fairbanks had their 2nd warmest summer ever this year at 63.5 degrees (average of all the high and low temps. from June 1 to August 31). Anchorage had their 4th warmest summer at 59.2 deg. On Sept. 1, Aniak had their eight wettest day ever with 2.41″ and McGrath had their 4th wettest day ever with 2.12″.