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Utqiaġvik May 2017


The mean monthly temperature for Barrow in May was 24.6°F, 3.5°F above the normal of 21.1°F. The highest temperature for the month occurred on the 27th at 36°F, while the lowest was 5°F occurring on the 1st.

Precipitation was heavy at 0.94”, 422% above the normal of 0.18". It was the wettest May on record for Barrow just topping the 2014 record of 0.90". Snowfall was also heavy at 10.5”, 289% above the normal of 2.7". The total snowfall of 2.4"on the 25th set a new record, breaking the old 1973 record of 1.0". The average wind speed was 12.0 mph, while the highest value was 36 mph from a southwesterly direction on the 26th.