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Nome May 2013


In Nome the average temperature for the month was 31.1°F, 5.7°F below the long -term mean of 36.8°F. The maximum temperature for the month was recorded on the 30th, at 67°F, while the minimum was observed on the 4th, 14th, and 17th, at a chilly 8°F. The minimum observed on the 14th broke the daily minimum record of 10.0°F set in 1939. Further, on the 17th, the minimum was 1°F colder than the old record of 9°F for that day set in 1953.

Precipitation was above normal. 1.79" were recorded, over twice the expected amount of 0.86". On the 21st 0.81" of water equivalent precipitation was recorded, breaking the old record set in in 1960 of 0.55". Snowfall was also above normal, 10.8", a resounding 8.5" above the normal amount of 2.7". This was 0.8" higher than the previous record for monthly snowfall, set in 1977. On the 15th, a record amount of snow fell for that day, 1.9", double the amount of the old record set in 1976. On the 21st the daily record for snow on that day was broken, with 4.52" recorded, shattering the old record of 0.5" set back in 1990. The average wind speed for the month was 8.9mph, with the highest wind speed recorded on the 1st, at 39mph blowing from a northerly direction.