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Nome February 2012


Nome reported a mean monthly temperature in February of 9.4°F, a positive deviation of 2.0°F from the long term mean. The warmest monthly temperature was 38°F, observed on the 8thof February, while the coldest temperature was measured on the 1stwith a frigid -39°F. New temperature minima was set on the 2nd, with a minimum of -38°F, surpassing the old minimum of -37°F, that was reached in both 1910 and 1914. The following day, the temperature dropped to ‑37°F, matching the old record from 1947.
Precipitation totaled 1.08", surpassing the expected amount by 16% of the expected amount. Snowfall for the month was 19.0", 6.8" more than the long-term mean. On the 4thof February, 9.9" of snow fell, nearly doubling the old record (5.0") for this day set way back in 1916. In addition, the associated water equivalent of 0.49" was a new record, breaking the old record of 0.44", also set in 1916. The average wind speed for the month was light with 10.9 mph, and the highest gust observed was 49 mph on the 4thblowing from an easterly direction.