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Utqiaġvik January 2012


Barrow reported an average temperature in January of -20.6°F, a strong -7.2°F below normal. The maximum temperature occurred on the 18thwith 7°F, and the lowest temperature of -45°F was observed on 23rd, 30thand 31st. In general, the temperatures during the most of the month were below normal, particularly pronounced for the last 10 days. No new temperature records were recorded during January.
Precipitation in Barrow totaled 0.20", a low value typical for the North Slope. It was nevertheless 0.07" above normal. 5.8" of snow fell, twice the normal of 2.6". The mean monthly wind speed was 10.5 mph and a gust of 38 mph occurred on the 5th, blowing from a northeasterly direction.