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Juneau October 2012


The average temperature inJuneau for October was 38.5°F, 3.9°F below the long-term mean and the 3rdcoldest October on record. This is also the sixth consecutive month with below normal temperatures. Temperatures were warm for the first half of the month, and then turned decidedly cold for the remainder. The maximum temperature of the month was 57°F, occurring on the 6th, while the minimum was 17°F and occurred on the 26th and 29th.
Total precipitation at 3.50" was notably lower than normal it represents only 41% of the expected amount of 8.63", making October the first month in the last six to have below normal precipitation. Surprisingly, for eleven days from the 19thto the 29th, Juneau had no precipitation. The total makes October the second driest on record. Despite the lower than normal precipitation, an new daily record was set on the 13that 1.65", breaking the 1.46" record set back in 1945. The first snow fell on the 16thwith a trace amount that matched the records from 1996 and 1959. Trace amount again fell on the 17th, also matching the records from 1996 and 1959. Total snowfall for the month was 1.4", 0.6" above normal. The average wind speed was 7.2 mph, and the maximum wind speed of 39 mph occurred on the 21st, blowing from an easterly direction.