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King Salmon October 2012


In King Salmon the average temperature for October was just under freezing at 31.3°F, 2.2°F below the long term mean. Temperatures were warm for the first third of the month, and then veered to the cold side afterwards. The minimum temperature (4°F) for the month was reported on the 21st, while the maximum temperature occurred on the 7that 61°F, creating a new daily record high, topping the 1925 record of 59°F. Then on the 11th, the high of 56°F tied the record set in 2009.
King Salmon had a less than normal amount of precipitation with a total of 1.86", 0.22" below the long-term mean. Despite the low total, there was a record rainfall on the 7th, with 0.86", besting the 1949 record of 0.71". With the colder temperatures in the later part of the month came two record snowfalls. First, 3.9" fell on the 13th, breaking the 1966 record of 1.5". This was followed with 7.2" on the 14th, shattering the 1956 record of 3.0". Total monthly snowfall was 11.6", 8.8" above normal. The average wind speed was 10.5 mph, and the highest gust of 48 mph occurred on the 4th, blowing from a southerly direction. The 1stset a daily record for the peak wind speed at 36 mph the pervious record had been 32 mph set in 2011.