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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FAIRBANKS AK
400 PM AKDT MON MAY 2 2016

...MONTHLY WEATHER SUMMARY FOR APRIL FOR FAIRBANKS ALASKA...

APRIL 2016 WAS THE SECOND WARMEST APRIL ON RECORD. THE AVERAGE
HIGH TEMPERATURE WAS 54.3 DEGREES WHICH WAS 9.8 DEGREES ABOVE THE
NORMAL HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 44.5 DEGREES. THIS RANKS AS THE SECOND
WARMEST AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 111 YEARS OF RECORD. THE
AVERAGE LOW TEMPERATURE WAS 30.5 DEGREES WHICH WAS 9.9 DEGREES
ABOVE THE NORMAL LOW TEMPERATURE OF 20.6 DEGREES. THIS RANKS AS
THE WARMEST LOW TEMPERATURE AVERAGE OF 112 YEARS OF RECORD. THE
AVERAGE TEMPERATURE WAS 42.4 DEGREES WHICH WAS 9.9 DEGREES ABOVE
THE NORMAL AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 32.5 DEGREES. THIS RANKS AS THE
SECOND WARMEST AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 111 YEAR OF RECORD.

THERE WERE FOUR TEMPERATURE RECORDS SET AT THE FAIRBANKS AIRPORT
DURING THE MONTH OF APRIL. A NEW HIGH TEMPERATURE RECORD OF 66
DEGREES WAS SET ON THE 23RD. A RECORD WARM LOW TEMPERATURE OF 37
DEGREES WAS SET ON THE SAME DATE. A RECORD WARM LOW TEMPERATURE
OF 39 DEGREES WAS SET ON THE 25TH AND AGAIN ON THE 10TH WHEN THE
TEMPERATURE ONLY FELL TO 35 DEGREES. THE WARMEST TEMPERATURE
DURING THE MONTH OF APRIL WAS 67 DEGREES WHICH OCCURRED ON THE
25TH. THE LOWEST TEMPERATURE FOR THE MONTH OF APRIL WAS 19 DEGREES
WHICH OCCURRED ON THE 2ND.

GREEN UP ON THE CHENA RIDGE OCCURRED ON THE 26TH OF APRIL AND IS
THE EARLIEST GREEN UP OF RECORD BREAKING THE PREVIOUS EARLIEST
GREEN UP DATE OF THE 29TH OF APRIL SET IN 1993. THE MEAN DATE FOR
GREEN UP ON CHENA RIDGE IS THE 9TH OF MAY.

BOTH SNOWFALL AND RAIN WERE ABOVE NORMAL DURING APRIL. 0.52 INCHES
OF PRECIPITATION FELL AT THE FAIRBANKS AIRPORT DURING THE MONTH OF
APRIL WHICH IS 0.21 INCHES ABOVE THE NORMAL APRIL PRECIPITATION
OF 0.31 INCHES. THIS RANKS AS THE 14TH WETTEST OF 103 YEARS OF
RECORD. 3.7 INCHES OF SNOW FELL DURING THE MONTH OF APRIL WHICH IS
0.8 INCHES ABOVE THE AVERAGE SNOWFALL OF 2.9 INCHES. THIS RANKS AS
THE 30TH SNOWIEST OF 101 YEARS OF RECORD. THE HEAVIEST SNOWFALL
WAS 2.3 INCHES WHICH FELL ON THE 3RD. THIS SET A DAILY RECORD FOR
SNOWFALL BREAKING THE PREVIOUS RECORD OF 1.4 INCHES SET IN 1970.
THE SNOW MELTED DOWN TO 0.12 INCHES OF WATER WHICH BROKE THE DAILY
RECORD FOR PRECIPITATION OF 0.09 INCHES SET IN 1967.

SNOWFALL FOR THE SEASON AS OF THE LAST DAY OF APRIL WAS 60.0
INCHES WHICH IS 4.1 INCHES BELOW THE NORMAL SEASON TO DATE
SNOWFALL OF 64.1 INCHES. SNOW DEPTH AT THE AIRPORT DROPPED TO A
TRACE ON THE 9TH OF APRIL. THE EARLIEST DATE THAT SNOW PACK AS
DROPPED TO A TRACE IS THE SECOND OF APRIL AND THE AVERAGE DATE IS
THE 22ND OF APRIL. THE 2015 TO 2016 WINTER SEASON HAD 163 DAYS OF
CONTINUOUS SNOW COVER OF 1 INCH OR MORE FROM THE 29TH OF OCTOBER
TO THE 8TH OF APRIL.

LOOKING FORWARD TO THE MONTH OF MAY...POSSIBLE SUNSHINE CONTINUES
TO INCREASE BY NEARLY 7 MINUTES PER DAY WITH DAY LIGHT HOURS
INCREASING FROM 17 HOURS AND 8 MINUTES ON THE 1ST TO 20 HOURS AND
30 MINUTES ON THE 31ST. CONTINUOUS CIVIL TWILIGHT BEGINS ON MAY
15TH. THE AVERAGE DAILY HIGH TEMPERATURE INCREASES FROM 54 DEGREES
ON THE 1ST TO 67 DEGREES ON THE 31ST. THE AVERAGE DAILY LOW
TEMPERATURE INCREASES FORM 31 DEGREES ON THE 1ST TO 44 DEGREES ON
THE 31ST.

THE FORECAST FOR THE MONTH OF MAY FROM THE CLIMATE PREDICTION
CENTER CALLS FOR INCREASED CHANCES OF ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES
AND EQUAL CHANCES FOR BELOW NORMAL...NEAR NORMAL OR ABOVE NORMAL
PRECIPITATION.


OBSERVED LAST MONTH...04/2016

                         OBSERVED   RANK
AVG MAX TEMP (F)             54.3   2ND WARMEST OF 111 YEARS
AVG MIN TEMP (F)             30.5   1ST WARMEST OF 112 YEARS
AVG TEMP (F)                 42.4   2ND WARMEST OF 111 YEARS
TOTAL PRECIP (IN)            0.52   14TH WETTEST OF 103 YEARS
TOTAL SNOW (IN)              3.70   30TH SNOWIEST OF 101 YEARS

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