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Fairbanks December 2014


Highlights

December's mean monthly temperature for Fairbanks was 12.1°F above normal, with 8.0°F observed for the month, compared to the -4.1°F that was expected. The highest temperature for the month was 37°F on the 31st, continuing a 4-day warm spell started on the 28th, while the lowest temperature was -20°F on the 27th.  It was the second warmest December in 111 years.

Precipitation was slightly higher than normal with 0.93" of precipitation recorded for the month, 0.29" above normal. This was partly due to the 0.39" that fell on the 2nd, breaking the record for that day set in 1992 by 0.1". 15.2" of snowfall was recorded for the month, 126% of the expected 12.1". The average wind speed was 2.5 mph, while the highest wind speed was 24 mph on the 9th from a northerly direction.