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Fairbanks January 2013


In Fairbanks the average temperature for January was -2.7°F, 5.2°F above the long-term mean of -7.9°F, and was also the warmest January in the last decade. The highest temperature was a balmy 37°F on the 14th, while the lowest temperature for the month was bone chilling -48°F on the 27th, a decrease in temperature of 85°F in less than two weeks. The month started off continuing the warm spell from December, cooled for the first week till warming up to the 14th, then trended to the coldest day on the 27th. No new record temperature events were recorded.
Precipitation was again above normal in January, with a total of 0.79", 0.21" above the expected value of 0.58". The storm of the 14th brought a new precipitation record of 0.22", just more than doubling the 2005 record of 0.21". In addition, the 0.15" of rain that day was the highest since 0.52" fell in 1963. Snowfall totaled 9.9" for the month, 0.4" below normal. The mean wind speed was 3.0 mph, with a maximum gust of 28 mph on the 14th and 15th, during the storm, blowing from a westerly direction.