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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FAIRBANKS AK
1248 PM AKDT FRI MAY 1 2015

...MONTHLY WEATHER SUMMARY FOR APRIL FOR FAIRBANKS ALASKA...

APRIL 2015 WAS WARM...DRY AND A TRANQUIL MONTH IN FAIRBANKS.
APRIL 2015 IS NOW THE 9TH CONSECUTIVE MONTH WHERE THE AVERAGE
TEMPERATURE HAS BEEN ABOVE NORMAL AT THE FAIRBANKS AIRPORT.

THE AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURE WAS 47.7 DEGREES WHICH WAS 3.2
DEGREES ABOVE THE NORMAL HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 44.5 DEGREES. THIS
RANKS AS THE 19TH WARMEST OF 110 YEAR OF RECORD. THE AVERAGE LOW
TEMPERATURE WAS 25.9 DEGREES WHICH WAS 5.3 DEGREES ABOVE THE
NORMAL LOW TEMPERATURE OF 20.6 DEGREES. THIS RANKS AS THE 10TH
WARMEST OF 111 YEARS OF RECORD. THE MEAN TEMPERATURE FOR THE
MONTH OF APRIL AT THE FAIRBANKS AIRPORT WAS 36.8 DEGREES WHICH WAS
4.3 DEGREES ABOVE THE NORMAL MEAN TEMPERATURE OF 32.5 DEGREES.
THIS RANKS AS THE 14TH WARMEST OF 110 YEAR OF RECORD. THE COLDEST
TEMPERATURE WAS 11 DEGREES ABOVE WHICH OCCURRED ON THE 3RD. THE
WARMEST TEMPERATURE WAS 63 DEGREES WHICH OCCURRED ON THE 27TH.
A RECORD WARM LOW TEMPERATURE OF 40 DEGREES WAS TIED ON SUNDAY
THE 19TH. THE RECORD WAS SET IN 1950.

APRIL WAS DRIER THAN NORMAL WITH ONLY 0.16 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION
FALLING DURING THE MONTH OF APRIL AT THE AIRPORT. THIS WAS 0.15
INCHES BELOW THE NORMAL APRIL PRECIP OF 0.31 INCHES. 2.1 INCHES OF
SNOW FELL DURING APRIL AT THE AIRPORT WHICH WAS 0.8 INCHES BELOW
THE NORMAL APRIL SNOW FALL OF 2.9 INCHES. THE GREATEST TWENTY FOUR
HOUR SNOWFALL FOR THE MONTH WAS 1.5 INCHES WHICH FELL ON THE 11TH.
THIS SET A DAILY RECORD FOR SNOWFALL FOR THE 19TH OF APRIL
BREAKING THE PREVIOUS RECORD OF 1.2 INCHES SET IN 1966. THE 2.1
INCHES OF SNOW THAT FELL DURING APRIL BRINGS THE SEASON TO DATE
SNOWFALL UP TO ONLY 43.8 INCHES WHICH IS 20.3 INCHES BELOW THE
NORMAL SEASON TO DATE SNOWFALL OF 64.1 INCHES.

WINDS GUSTED TO 47 MPH AT THE AIRPORT ON THE 19TH AS A LINE OF
SHOWERS PASSES THROUGH THE AREA. SCATTERED POWER OUTAGES OCCURRED
OVER THE METRO AREA AS THE STORMS PUSHED THROUGH. SEVERAL REPORTS
OF DOWNED TREES WERE RECEIVED FROM THE LOCAL AREA.

THE SNOWPACK FELL BELOW 1 INCH ON THE 17TH OF APRIL WHICH WAS
ABOUT 5 DAYS EARLIER THAN THE NORMAL DATE OF THE 22ND OF APRIL.
THE SNOWPACK WAS ESTABLISHED ON THE 4TH OF OCTOBER 2014 WHICH GAVE
195 DAYS DURING THE WINTER SEASON WHERE THE SNOWPACK WAS 1 INCH
OR MORE. THIS WAS 9 DAYS LONGER THAN THE AVERAGE OF 186 DAYS OF 1
INCH OR MORE OF SNOW ON THE GROUND AT THE FAIRBANKS AIRPORT.

LOOKING FORWARD TO THE MONTH OF MAY...POSSIBLE SUNSHINE INCREASES
BY NEARLY 7 MINUTES PER DAY WITH DAY LIGHT HOURS INCREASING FROM
17 HOURS AND 2 MINUTES ON THE 1ST TO 20 HOURS AND 25 MINUTES ON
THE 31ST. CONTINUOUS CIVIL TWILIGHT BEGINS ON MAY 16TH. THE
AVERAGE DAILY HIGH TEMPERATURE INCREASES FROM 54 DEGREES ON THE
1ST TO 67 DEGREES ON THE 31ST. THE AVERAGE DAILY LOW TEMPERATURE
INCREASES FROM 31 DEGREES ON THE 1ST TO 44 DEGREES ON THE 31ST.

THE FORECAST FOR THE MONTH OF MAY FROM THE CLIMATE PREDICTION
CENTER CALLS FOR ENHANCED LIKELIHOOD OF ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES
AND EQUAL CHANCES FOR EITHER BELOW NORMAL...NEAR NORMAL OR ABOVE
NORMAL PRECIPITATION.


OBSERVED LAST MONTH...04/2015

                         OBSERVED   RANK
AVG MAX TEMP (F)             47.7   19TH WARMEST OF 110 YEARS
AVG MIN TEMP (F)             25.9   10TH WARMEST OF 111 YEARS
AVG TEMP (F)                 36.8   14TH WARMEST OF 110 YEARS
TOTAL PRECIP (IN)            0.16   51ST WETTEST OF 102 YEARS
TOTAL SNOW (IN)              2.10   40TH SNOWIEST OF 100 YEARS

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