City Summaries

Fairbanks July 2013

July in Fairbanks was warmer than normal, with a monthly mean of 64.3°F, or 1.8°F above the long-term mean of 62.5°F for the month, and 2.5°F cooler than June. The highest temperature was on the 28th, a hot 88°F, while the coldest temperature for the month of 47°F was observed on the 5th and 6th. In terms of the average temperature, July 2013 was the 14th warmest on record (108 years). July saw nine days where the temperature hit 80°F or warmer, bringing the total to 30 days for the summer, and tying the record set in the summer of 2004.

Like June, July's precipitation was lighter than normal, with 1.01", just 47% of the expected amount of 2.16", making it the 17th driest July in the last 101 years. The 0.51" that fell on the 18th was slightly more than half the monthly total. The average wind speed was 5.2 mph, with the highest wind speed recorded on the 1st, at 31 mph, from a westerly direction.

Anchorage July 2013

Anchorage was 2.7°F above the normal temperature, with a monthly mean of 61.5°F for the month of July. On the 24th the warmest temperature of the month was recorded at 79°F. The coolest temperature for the month was 49°F, observed on three days: 2nd, 5th and 8th. Due to the warmer temperatures, a total of 19 days reached a temperature of 70°F or higher, tying the previous record set in 1977. 15 of these days were consecutive, breaking the record of twelve days from 1953.

Precipitation totaled 1.10" for Anchorage, just 60% of the expected amount. The fastest wind speed for the month was 32 mph, observed on the 7th, from a southerly direction, while the average wind speed was 5.6 mph.

Barrow July 2013

Barrow was 3.5°F above its long-term mean of 40.9°F, with a monthly mean of 44.4°F. The warmest temperature for the month was 64°F, recorded on the 21st, setting a new record for the day, topping the old record of 62°F from 2002. The lowest temperature for the month was a chilly 30°F, recorded on the 10th.

Precipitation was heavier than normal, a total of 1.68" was recorded, 71% more than the normal amount of 0.98". A gust of 37 mph was the fastest wind speed for the month, recorded on the 28th from a southwesterly direction, and the average wind speed was 12.2 mph for the month.

Big Delta July 2013

In July, Delta Junction had a monthly temperature of 62.1°F, 1.9°F higher than the long term normal. The coldest temperature recorded this month was 46°F on the 6th. A nice 85°F was the highest temperature for the month, occurring on the 28th. This was a new daily record, breaking the previous record of 83°F from1953 and 1919.

Precipitation was a mere 57% of normal, with just 1.54" recorded, 1.14" below the normal of 2.68".

Juneau July 2013

Juneau measured a monthly temperature of 57.6°F, just 1°F warmer than the normal mean of 56.9°F. The warmest temperatures occurred during the middle and end of the month, with the highest temperature for July recorded on the 29th, at 81°F. The coldest temperature for the month was on the 14th, with 41°F recorded.

Precipitation was near normal for Juneau, with 4.45", or 97% of the expected amount observed. The average wind speed was 6.1 mph, with a highest wind speed of 32 mph recorded on the 7th, blowing from a southeasterly direction.

Ketchikan July 2013

Ketchikan was 2.3°F above the long-term mean of 57.7°F, with a monthly mean of 60.0°F. The warmest temperature for the month occurred on the 29th, at a warm 79°F, while the coldest temperature was 49°F recorded on the 1st and 10th.

Precipitation was lighter than normal, with 4.19" recorded, 2.38" less than the normal amount of 6.57".

King Salmon July 2013

In July, King Salmon was 2.2°F above the normal temperature of 55.5°F, with a monthly mean of 57.7°F. The month started off cooler then normal, then stayed above normal after the first week. The cool start established two new daily low temperature records with Independence Day opening off at a minimum of 37°F, breaking the 1981 record of 38°F. Then on the 5th, the low of 31°F shattered the old record of 35°F, also from 1981. This is the coldest temperature for the month, as well as a new absolute monthly low for July. The warm temperatures also corresponded to record events: on the 13th 81°F was observed, breaking the old daily record of 80°F set in 2003. Then on the 22nd, the high of 79°F broke the 1980 record by 2°F. The record high of 80°F from back in 1953 was tied on 25th. The 26th was the warmest recorded temperature for the month at 82°F, and this marks a new daily record, breaking the 1987 high of 79°F. This was the sixth warmest July on record for King Salmon.

Precipitation was only 57% of the expected amount, with 1.30" recorded. The average wind speed was 8.1 mph, while the highest wind speed was 38 mph, on the 3rd, blowing from a southeasterly direction.

Kodiak July 2013

Kodiak was warmer than normal this July, with a monthly observed temperature of 58.0°F, which was 3.5°F warmer than the long term mean, making this the 7th warmest July on record. July also saw nine strait days of 70°F or higher, the second only to the 10 day stretch from July 1953. The warmest temperature for the month (78°F) was observed on the 22nd, while the coldest (44°F) was recorded on the 3rd. Along with these warmer than normal temperatures, the daily record high (originally set in 1967 and reached again in 1982) on the 24th of 73°F was tied.

Precipitation was much less than normal, with 1.06" recorded, just 22% of the normal amount. Kodiak went 19 days with no precipitation recorded, and this is the 9th longest stretch on record. The average wind speed was 5.4 mph, with a peak wind speed of 37 mph from a westerly direction on the 20th.

Nome July 2013

Nome was slightly colder than normal, with a monthly mean of 51.6°F, just 0.6°F below the expected mean of 52.2°F. The warmest temperature for the month was observed on the 13th at 72°F. The coldest temperature of the month was 40°F, recorded on the 11th.

Precipitation was almost normal with 2.12" recorded, just 0.01" more than the expected amount. The average wind speed was 7.7 mph among, the top ten highest, while the fastest wind speed for the month was 32 mph from a westerly direction on the 9th.