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Utqiaġvik April 2010


Highlights

Temperatures were much warmer than normal for the third month in a row in Barrow. The average temperature for April was 7.9°F, 8.5°F warmer than the long term mean. The high was 29°F on the 23rd and the low was -25 on the 10th. Precipitation was also above normal at 0.37”, over three times the normal recorded amount of 0.12”. Snowfall reported in April was 8.1”, four times average, making this the fourth snowiest April on record, and the sixth month in a row that above normal snowfall has been recorded in Barrow. A record 5.4” of snow fell on the 21st, the old record was just 1.0”, and the water equivalent was 0.28”, breaking the old record of 0.06” set in 1970. Winds averaged 11.5 mph and the peak gust was 36 mph on the 30th.