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Statement as of 4:39 PM AKST on February 01, 2015


... Monthly weather summary for Fairbanks Alaska for January...

January 2015 was a month of contrasts with periods of much above
normal temperatures and periods of much below normal temperatures.
The average temperature for the month however was very close to
normal.

The average high temperature was 1.2 degrees above which was 0.1
degrees above the normal high temperature of 1.1 degrees above and
ranks as the 46th warmest of 107 year of record. The average low
temperature was 14.2 below which was 2.7 degrees above the normal
low temperature of 16.9 degrees below which was the 37th warmest
of 108 years of record. The average temperature was 6.5 below
which was 1.4 degrees above the normal average temperature of 7.9
degrees below which was the 42nd warmest of 107 years of record.

The warmest temperature was 31 above which occurred on the 15th. A
record warm low temperature of 20 degrees above occurred on the
11th. The coldest temperature during the month of January was 43
below which occurred on both the 26th and the 27th. A cold snap
during the first week of the month brought the first 30 below
reading of the winter season and occurred on both the 5th and the
6th. A cold snap during the last week of the month brought 5
consecutive days where the temperature dropped to 40 below or
colder. The season total for 40 below days or colder now stands at
5. The average number of days that the temperature drops to 40
below or colder at the Fairbanks Airport in a winter season is 11
days.

0.15 inches of precipitation fell at the Airport during the month
of January which is 0.43 inches below the normal January
precipitation of 0.58 inches. This ranked as the 15th driest of
104 years of record. Only 4.6 inches of snow fell at the Airport
which was 5.7 inches below the normal snowfall of 10.3 inches.
This ranked as the 80th snowiest of 105 years of record. 1.9
inches of snow fell at the Airport on the 23rd which was the
heaviest daily snowfall of the month. This snowfall was part of a
multiple day storm that dropped just over 4 inches of snow at the
Airport while dropping over a foot of snow over North Pole and
Eielson Air Force Base. Season snowfall to date at the Fairbanks
Airport has been 29.6 inches which is 18.9 inches below the normal
to date season snowfall of 48.5 inches.

Looking forward to February with the climatologically coldest
part of winter behind... and available day light increasing at
nearly seven minutes per day a noticeable diurnal temperature range
will again be felt especially by the end of the month. The average
high temperature at the Fairbanks Airport increases form 3 degrees
above on the 1st to 17 degrees above on the 28th. The average low
temperature increases from 16 below on the 1st to 10 below on the
28th. Temperatures in February have ranged from 50 above in 1943
to 58 below in 1947 and most recently in 1993. The normal
precipitation for February is 0.42 inches. The average snowfall in
February is 8.1 inches. Available sunshine increases from 6 hours
and 57 minutes on the 1st to 10 hours and 1 minute on the 28th.

The outlook for Fairbanks for February from the climate prediction
center calls for equal chances of above normal... near normal or
below normal temperatures. The climate prediction center is also
calling for equal chances for above normal... near normal or below
normal precipitation.

Observed last month... 01/2015

                         observed rank
avg Max temp (f) 1.2 46th warmest of 107 years
avg min temp (f) -14.2 37th warmest of 108 years
avg temp (f) -6.5 42nd warmest of 107 years
total precip (in) 0.15 15th driest of 104 years
total snow (in) 4.60 80th snowiest of 105 years


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