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NOAK49 PAFG 020221

521 PM AKST Thu Dec 1 2016


November 2016 started off warm and finished off cold and much like
October was very dry and ended up with above normal temperatures
for the month. All but 1 day of the first 17 days of November
had above normal temperatures. A significant pattern change
occurred in the middle of the month brining below normal
temperatures for the rest of the month.

The Highest temperature was 32 degrees which occurred on the 1st.
The coldest temperature was 31 below which occurred on the 29th
and was the 1st 30 below reading in Fairbanks for 624 days which
is the second longest number of days where the temperature was
greater than 30 below. The high temperature of 21 below on the
29th ended a record 658 day stretch with high temperatures above
10 below. No record hi or low temperature records were set in
November this year.

The average maximum temperature at the Fairbanks airport was 11.0
above which was 0.1 degrees above the normal maximum temperature
of 10.9 degrees and ranked as the 56th coldest of 112 year of
record. The average minimum temperature was minus 3.7 which was
2.0 degrees above the normal minimum temperature of minus 5.7 and
ranked as the 50th warmest of 112 years of record. The Average
temperature was 3.7 degrees above which was 1.1 degrees above the
normal average of 2.6 degrees above.

Only 0.29 inches of precipitation fell at the airport which was
0.38 inches below the normal November precipitation of 0.67 inches
which ranked as the 29th driest of 102 years of record. 4.4 inches
of snow fell at the airport which was 8.8 inches below the normal
snowfall of 13.2 inches and ranked as the 81st snowiest of 101
years of record. Season to date snowfall as of the 30th of
November was only 5.2 inches which is 20.6 inches behind the
normal season to date total of 25.8 inches.

Looking forward to December, the average high temperature drops
from 7 above on the 1st to 2 above on the 31st. The average low
temperature drops from 11 below on the 1st to 16 below on the
31st. In the last 112 years temperatures have varied by 120
degrees in Fairbanks, from a high temperature of 58 above in 1934
to 62 below in 1961. Average snowfall is 12 inches but has been
as much as 50.7 inches in 1984 to as little as a trace in 1969.

December is the darkest month of the year with possible sunshine
decreasing from 4 hours and 38 minutes on the 1st to 3 hours and
42 minutes on the 20th and 21st. By the 31st possible sunshine
increases to 4 hours.

The outlook for Fairbanks for December from the climate
prediction center calls for increased chances for below normal
temperatures and equal chances for below normal, near normal or
above normal precipitation.


                         OBSERVED   RANK
AVG MAX TEMP (F)             11.0   56TH COLDEST OF 112 YEARS
AVG MIN TEMP (F)             -3.7   50TH WARMEST OF 112 YEARS
AVG TEMP (F)                  3.7   55TH WARMEST OF 112 YEARS
TOTAL PRECIP (IN)            0.29   27TH DRIEST OF 102 YEARS
TOTAL SNOW (IN)              4.40   81ST SNOWIEST OF 101 YEARS

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