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King Salmon May 2013


King Salmon was in May 1.7°F cooler than normal, with a mean temperature of 42.5. The highest temperature for the month was observed on the 29th, a warm 77°F, breaking the old record high of 75°F set in 2006. Further, on the 10th, a temperature of 63°F was recorded, 3°F higher than the record set in 1970. The middle of the month was much too cold. On the 14th the recorded minimum of 23°F broke the low of 25°F set in 1965 Further, on the 18th, a recorded minimum of 22°F was 5°F colder than the old low set in 1974. Finally, on the 19th a minimum temperature of 16°F shattered the old record of 26°F set back in 1964.

Precipitation was much lower than normal, 0.33" were recorded, or just 26% of the long term mean of 1.25". Snowfall however, matched the expected value of 0.8" exactly. The average wind speed for the month was 7.8mph, while the highest wind speed was recorded on the 21st, at 43mph from a southeasterly direction.