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Posted: Sunday, August 22, 2010 12:37 pm | Updated: 1:28 pm, Wed Dec 26, 2012.

FAIRBANKS, Alaska - Somewhat below normal temperatures in Alaska’s interior and southern portions of the state were prevalent in July. In Southeast, precipitation was mixed, with coastal areas reporting slightly higher than normal amounts. Skagway, Petersburg and Ketchikan, had precipitation deficits as low as 54 percent were recorded. Greater than normal amounts of precipitation were recorded across mainland Alaska, with very few exceptions.

The average temperature for July 2010 in Fairbanks was 62.6 degrees Fahrenheit, just slightly below the average July temperature of 63 degrees. The high temperature was 85 degrees Fahrenheit on the 9th. The month’s low was 47 degrees on the 28th. A total of 3.11 inches of precipitation was recorded, which is 76 percent greater than normal for the month. From July 10 through the 31, Fairbanks recorded rainfall on all but four days, which is unusual for that time of year. The highest one-day total was 1.35 inches on the 21st, of which, 1.15 inches fell in just one hour (between 3 and 4 p.m.), creating a new 1-hour record rainfall for Fairbanks.

Winds averaged 3.9 mph and the highest gust was 33 mph on July 17.

The average temperature for Big Delta in July was 60.4 degrees Fahrenheit, only 0.3 degrees below normal. The month’s high temperature was 81 degrees recorded on the 9th. The month’s recorded low was 45 degrees on the 16th.

Total precipitation was reported at 1.79 inches, just 65 percent of normal for July. The highest one-day total for precipitation was 0.42 inches on July 3.

Anchorage reported an average temperature of 56.5 degrees Fahrenheit, 2.1 degrees below normal. The month’s high temperature was 73 degrees on the 9th.

The month’s low was 44 degrees Fahrenheit on the 9th. Precipitation was measured at 3.02 inches, which is 78 percent above normal for July. The highest oneday total of precipitation was 0.78 inches on the 26th. Winds averaged 6.3 mph for the month sand the highest gust was 40 mph.

During July, the average temperature in Nome was 52 degrees Fahrenheit. This temperature was close, yet below July’s normal temperature of 52.1 degrees. The reported high for July was 79 degrees on the 10th. The month’s low was 34 degrees on the 15th. Precipitation for July was measured at 2.14 inches, which was normal. The largest one-day total of precipitation was 0.39 inches occurring July 27. Winds averaged 6.1 mph at the airport and a gust of 35 mph occurred July 11.

The average temperature in Barrow for July was 42 degrees Fahrenheit, just 1.6 degrees above the average.

The month’s high temperature was 63 degrees on July 26. The low temperature was 30 degrees on the 14th. The total precipitation for the month was 1.64 inches, which was 89 percent above normal. The greatest oneday precipitation total was 0.76 inches on July 19th, which set a new precipitation record for the day. The old record was 0.38 inches set in 2008. Winds averaged 11.6 mph and the highest reported gust was 36 mph on July 31st.

In Juneau, the mean monthly temperature for July was 54.7 degrees Fahrenheit. This temperature was 2 degrees below normal for the month. July’s high temperature was 76 degrees on the 8th. The month’s low was 45 degrees occurring the 27th. The recorded precipitation for July was 4.14 inches, 84 percent of normal. The greatest oneday precipitation total was 0.91 inches on July 23.

Winds averaged 5.2 mph at the airport. On July 22, a peak gust of 36 mph was reported.

In July, the average temperature was 51.6 degrees Fahrenheit in King Salmon. This is 3.8 degrees below average. A high of 67 degrees Fahrenheit was recorded on the 17th. The month’s low temperature was 37 degrees also occurring on the 17th. Precipitation measured 3.3 inches throughout the month, which was 53 percent above normal. The greatest oneday precipitation total was 0.67 inches, and occurred July 25. This one-day precipitation total set a new record for that day. The old record was 0.57 inches set in 1955. Winds at the airport averaged 7.7 mph.

On the 9th, the month’s strongest gust of 40 mph occurred.

In July, the average temperature in Ketchikan was 59.1 degrees Fahrenheit, which was 2.3 degrees above the July average. A high of 81 degrees was recorded July 8. On the 1st, a low of 46 degrees Fahrenheit was reported. Precipitation during the month was measured at 2.77 inches, 56 percent of normal for the month. The highest one-day total was 1.5 inches on July 23.

This information consists of preliminary climatological data compiled by the Alaska Climate Research Center, Geophysical Institute, University of Alaska Fairbanks. For more information on weather and climatology, contact the center at 474-7885 or visit the center web site at http://akclimate.org. Please report any errors to webmaster@akclimate.org.

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