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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FAIRBANKS AK
650 PM AKST FRI JAN 2 2015

...2014 WEATHER SUMMARY FOR FAIRBANKS...

MILD TEMPERATURES AND A SOAKING WET SUMMER WERE THE CALLING CARDS
FOR THE WEATHER IN FAIRBANKS DURING 2014.

JANUARY STARTED OFF MILD WITH WELL ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES. THE
MILD TEMPERATURES CONTINUED INTO THE MIDDLE OF THE MONTH WHEN A
BRIEF COLD SNAP DROPPED THE TEMPERATURE TO 41 BELOW ON THE 12 AND
THE 13TH. THIS WAS THE COLDEST TEMPERATURE REPORTED AT THE
FAIRBANKS AIRPORT IN 2014. FEBRUARY BROUGHT A RETURN TO NEAR
NORMAL TEMPERATURES AND SNOWFALL. MARCH WAS COLD...SNOWY AND
WINDY. MARCH BROUGHT 7 DAYS WITH WIND GUST EXCEEDING 20 MPH. A
PEAK WIND GUST OF 41 MPH OCCURRED ON THE 13TH AND CREATED SPORADIC
POWER OUTAGES AND REDUCED VISIBILITY IN BLOWING SNOW ACROSS THE
FAIRBANKS AREA. THE BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW CLOSED THE STEESE
HIGHWAY OVER EAGLE SUMMIT.

APRIL BROUGHT A RETURN TO ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES AS WELL AS DRIER
THAN NORMAL CONDITIONS. SPRING BREAK UP WAS SLOW AND RELATIVELY
UNEVENTFUL WITH THE SNOWPACK AT THE AIRPORT DROPPING TO BELOW 1
INCH ON THE 21ST WHICH WAS VERY CLOSE THE THE AVERAGE DATE OF THE
22ND. MAY WAS ANOTHER TRANQUIL MONTH IN FAIRBANKS WITH NO
EXTREMES IN TEMPERATURE...HOWEVER MAY 2014 WAS THE 5TH DRIEST ON
RECORD AND HAD MANY LOCAL RESIDENTS CONCERNED ABOUT THE UP COMING
FIRE SEASON. THE PRECIPITATION THAT FELL AT THE AIRPORT FROM THE
1ST OF JANUARY TO THE 31ST OF MAY RANKED AS THE 8TH DRIEST OF OVER
100 YEARS OF RECORD. A COLD FRONT RACED ACROSS THE INTERIOR ON THE
31ST OF MAY BRINGING STRONG WINDS AND BLOWING DUST WHICH REDUCED
VISIBILITY DOWN TO 3 MILES AT THE AIRPORT. WINDS GUSTED TO 42 MPH
CAUSING SCATTERED POWER OUTAGES AND SPARKED SEVERAL SMALL FIRES.
THIS COLD FRONT MARKED A DRAMATIC PATTERN SHIFT FOR THE FAIRBANKS
AREA GOING FROM A VERY DRY LATE WINTER AND SPRING PERIOD TO THE
WETTEST SUMMER ON RECORD.

JUNE 2014 WAS THE WETTEST JUNE ON RECORD IN FAIRBANKS WITH 3.56
INCHES OF RAIN FALLING AT THE AIRPORT. SIGNIFICANT RAINS FELL ON
THE FAIRBANKS AND SURROUNDING AREAS ON THE 18TH AND 19TH WITH
BETWEEN 2 AND 3 INCHES OF RAIN FALLING AT THE AIRPORT AND LOCAL
AREAS PICKING UP 3 TO 4 INCHES. THE CREST ON THE SALCHA RIVER WAS
THE 3RD HIGHEST ON RECORD THAT WAS CAUSED BY RAINFALL. THE RIVER HAD
NOT BEEN THAT HIGH DUE TO RAINFALL SINCE 1986. THE MOOSE CREEK
DAM PROJECT GATES WERE ACTIVATED TO REGULATE THE CREST ON THE
CHENA RIVER. MINOR FLOODING WAS REPORTED IN AND NEAR NORTH POLE.
LOCAL RESIDENTS ALONG THE GOODPASTER RIVER INDICATED THAT THEY HAD
NOT SEEN WATER LEVELS AS HIGH AS WAS EXPERIENCED WITH THIS FLOOD
SINCE THE 1950S. HEAVY RAINS AGAIN INUNDATED THE FAIRBANKS AREA
WITH 1 TO 2 INCHES OF RAIN FALLING ON THE 24TH AND THE 27TH
CAUSING MANY OF THE SAME RIVERS TO RISE TO FLOOD STAGE AGAIN. AN
OBSERVATION SITE 40 MILES EAST OF FAIRBANKS REPORTED AN INCREDIBLE
10.90 INCHES OF RAIN FOR THE MONTH OF JUNE.

JULY WAS THE SECOND WETTEST JULY ON RECORD WITH 5.78 INCHES OF
RAIN FALLING DURING THE MONTH. A DAILY RECORD FOR RAINFALL
OCCURRED ON THE 1ST WHEN 1.92 INCHES FELL. 1.44 INCHES OF RAIN
FELL ON THE 2ND OF JULY AND WAS THE 5TH LARGEST DAILY RAINFALL
FOR A DAY IN JULY. A 24 HOUR JULY RAINFALL RECORD WAS SET WITH
THIS EVENT OF 2.83 INCHES. THIS ADDITIONAL RAIN ON TOP OF WHAT
FELL IN JUNE KEPT RIVERS RUNNING VERY HIGH ACROSS THE INTERIOR.
THE HIGHEST TEMPERATURE THAT OCCURRED IN FAIRBANKS IN 2014 WAS 87
DEGREES AND OCCURRED ON JULY 6TH. A NEW RECORD HIGH LOW
TEMPERATURE WAS ESTABLISHED FOR THE 6TH OF JULY AS THE LOW
TEMPERATURE ONLY DROPPED TO 65 DEGREES BREAKING THE OLD RECORD OF
61 DEGREES SET IN 1983 AND TIED AGAIN IN 2008.

2.29 INCHES OF RAIN FELL IN THE MONTH OF AUGUST AT THE AIRPORT AND
HELPED PUSH THE SUMMER TOTAL RAINFALL FOR JUNE...JULY AND AUGUST
TO AN INCREDIBLE 11.63 INCHES WHICH WAS 215 PERCENT ABOVE THE
NORMAL SUMMER SEASON TOTAL OF 5.4 INCHES. THIS ECLIPSED THE
PREVIOUS RECORD SUMMER SEASON TOTAL RAIN FALL OF 11.59 INCHES
WHICH OCCURRED IN 1930. THE WEATHER PATTERN SHIFTED TO A MORE FALL
LIKE PATTERN THE LAST COUPLE OF DAY OF THE MONTH AUGUST WITH THE
TEMPERATURE FALLING TO 33 DEGREES AT THE AIRPORT ON THE 30TH.
MANY OUTLYING AREAS EXPERIENCED A HARD FROST WITH TEMPERATURES
DROPPED INTO THE MID 20S AND 30S ON THE 30TH AND 31ST.

SEPTEMBER STARTED COOL AND WET BUT A MID MONTH WARM SPELL DROVE
THE MONTHLY TEMPERATURE AVERAGE ABOVE NORMAL. PRECIPITATION ENDED
UP ABOVE NORMAL RESULTING IN THE 4 CONSECUTIVE MONTH THAT
PRECIPITATION WAS ABOVE NORMAL AT THE AIRPORT. THE TEMPERATURE
SOARED TO 76 DEGREES ON THE 14TH AND SET A DAILY RECORD FOR THE
DAY.

SNOWFALL FOR OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER WERE BELOW NORMAL WHILE
TEMPERATURES WERE ABOVE NORMAL. TWO SNOW STORMS MOVED INTO THE
FAIRBANKS AREA OVER THE WEEKEND OF OCTOBER 4TH AND 5TH DROPPING
AROUND 4 INCHES IN TOWN AND 4 TO 8 INCHES IN THE HILLS. PATCHY
FREEZING DRIZZLE COATED ROADS AND CREATED HAZARDOUS DRIVING
CONDITIONS. DECEMBER 2014 WAS VERY WARM AND RANKED AS THE SECOND
WARMEST DECEMBER OF 110 YEARS OF RECORD. THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE
WAS 8 ABOVE. THE WARMEST DECEMBER OF RECORD WAS 1914 WITH AN
AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 10.2 DEGREES. THE 3 MONTH PERIOD OF
OCTOBER...NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER WAS THE 4TH WARMEST
OCTOBER...NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER PERIOD ON RECORD.

FOR THE YEAR AN INCREDIBLE 17.16 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION FELL AT
THE FAIRBANKS AIRPORT. THIS RANKS AS THE 5TH WETTEST YEAR OF 100
YEARS OF RECORD. THE WETTEST YEAR WAS 1990 WHEN 18.52 INCHES OF
PRECIPITATION FELL. THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE FOR FAIRBANKS FOR 2014
WAS 31.2 DEGREES AND RANKS AS THE 4TH WARMEST OF 110 YEARS OF
RECORD.



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