Altogether, Kodiak had an average June temperature of 53.8 degrees, more than 4 degrees above last year’s average. The monthly mark ties June 1924 as the seventh-warmest since recordkeeping began. The warmest June, according to records kept by the National Weather Service’s Kodiak office, came in 1902, when temperatures averaged 59.1 degrees throughout the month.
It was the warmest June since 1953, when a heat wave sent temperatures above 80 degrees for almost a full week and brought the highest temperature ever recorded on the island.
This year also saw the 80-degree mark broken, but only on June 26, when an 81-degree temperature was recorded at the weather service station at Kodiak State Airport.
The 81-degree reading shattered a record from the 1953 heat wave and was among three record days in June. June 8 and June 17 also saw record temperatures.
For the month, Kodiak had eight days with temperatures 70 degrees or above. In contrast, last June had just one 70-degree day — June 17 — and that was the sole 70-degree day in all of 2012.
The warm temperatures this June came courtesy of a high-pressure ridge centered over the Gulf of Alaska. That ridge poured warm air from the central Pacific over Alaska for most of the month and kept skies clear.
The clear skies meant less rain than normal in Kodiak. Only 4.11 inches of rain were recorded all month, and more than one-quarter of that fell in a single day — June 3. June’s rainfall total was 1.8 inches below normal and continues what has been a dry year to date. Through July 4, Kodiak has received 29.82 inches of precipitation (both rain and snow). That is more than 8 inches below normal.
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