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2020 July Monthly Report


  • Cool July over much of the Northern and Eastern portions of the state.
  • Warm July over much of the Southwestern, South Central, and portions of Southeastern Alaska.
  • Despite average total monthly rainfall, exceptional for the month were high rainfall rates in very short times.
    • Drier-than-average precipitation for much of the West coast and portions of the Aleutians and Central Interior.
    • Above-average precipitation for most of the Panhandle.
  • Sea ice across the Chukchi Sea continues its summertime melt with July average extent at 81% of average.
  • Arctic sea ice was temporarily at a lower extent than during previous record years