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Fairbanks May 2015


Fairbanks' mean monthly temperature was recorded as 55.3°F, 5.9°F above the normal 49.4°F. This is the second warmest May observed in Fairbanks ' climate history of more than a century. The mean maximum temperature for the month was 69.2°F, breaking the record for the month by 1.6°F, with the old record set in 1995. The highest temperature for the month was 86°F on the 23rd, which also set a record for that day, breaking the 2002 record by 6°F. One more daily high record was set; on the 17th, the 77°F observed broke the 1923 record for the day by 1°F. The coldest temperature for the month was 28°F which occurred on the 6th.

The 0.29” of precipitation that were measured for the month was just 48% of the expected amount. There was no recorded snowfall, while 0.9” is the normal long-term amount. The highest wind speed was 30 mph from a southwesterly direction on the 16th, while the average wind speed was 4.7 mph.