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Fairbanks August 2013


August in Fairbanks was warmer than normal, with a monthly mean of 59.4°F, or 3.3°F above the long-term mean of 56.1°F for the month. The highest temperature was 85°F on the 1st and 7th, and the high on the 7th is a new daily record, breaking the 1968 record of 83°F. The coldest temperature for the month of 34°F was observed on the 25th. Temperatures were above normal for the first 19 days, and then tended below normal till the end of the month. In terms of the average temperature, August 2013 was the 11th warmest on record (107 years). August saw six days where the temperature hit 80°F or warmer, bringing the total to 36 days for the summer, and breaking the record of 30 set in the summer of 2004.

August was the only month this summer were precipitation was above normal, with 2.02", just 7% above of the expected amount of 1.88". The 0.68" that fell on the 23rd was a new daily record, breaking the 0.50" record from 2003. The average wind speed was 4.0 mph, with the highest wind speed recorded on the 29th at 26 mph, from a westerly direction.