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Utqiaġvik December 2012


For Barrow December was the first month in the last nine with a below normal mean temperature. The mean value was -9.5°F, a deviation of 1.7°F below the normal of -7.8°F. Temperatures started the month warm, then stayed colder than normal till about the 20th. The lowest temperature (-32°F) occurred on the 15th, while the highest temperature (11°F) was reported on the 1st.
Precipitation in Barrow (0.07") was light at half of the normal value of 0.14". The average wind speed was 11.8 mph, while the maximum gust (43 mph) occurred on the 24th, blowing from an easterly direction.