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Utqiaġvik December 2015


Barrow had a mean monthly temperature of -10.6°F this December, 2.8°F below the normal of -7.8°F normal. The highest temperature for the month occurred on the 17th at 17°F, while the lowest, -36°F, occurred on the 25th, Christmas day.

Precipitation was measured at mere 0.04", 29% of the expected 0.14". Snowfall was near normal with 3.3" measured and 3.5" expected. Despite the slightly lower than normal snowfall, on the 17th 1.3" of snow was recorded, breaking the record for that day of 1.1" set back in 1923. The average wind speed was 12.3 mph, while the highest wind speed was 36 mph from an easterly direction on the 15th.