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Kodiak warmest May on record followed by rainfall record
by Peter J Mladineo
Jun 09, 2014 | 213 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A heavy sky over Kodiak on Sunday is expected to move out with brighter days ahead through at least midweek. (Peter J. Mladineo photo)
A heavy sky over Kodiak on Sunday is expected to move out with brighter days ahead through at least midweek. (Peter J. Mladineo photo)
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On the flipside of the warmest and driest May on record, June’s first weekend brought a storm that saw Kodiak hit a new daily rainfall record on Friday.

“It was 2.98 inches, surpassing the old record for the date of 1.78 set back in 1927. It was a big day,” Ray Miller, meteorological technician with the National Weather Service, told the Mirror.

Kodiak experienced its warmest May on record, with its monthly mean temperature 6.0 degrees higher than normal — a bigger delta change than anywhere else in Alaska.

“The mean temperature for the month was 50.3 degrees Fahrenheit and that was the warmest on record, surpassing the old record of 48.2 set in 2004. This is the warmest record we have and our records goes back to 1949,” Miller said.

The Alaska Climate Research Center reported that Kodiak’s record-breaking high of 77 on May 17 was the second-highest temperature reached in the state in May. King Salmon hit 78 on May 16, but Kodiak’s mean temperature for the month was higher than King Salmon’s 48.9 degrees. Juneau had the highest overall mean temperature of 52.2 degrees, a touch above Anchorage’s 52.1 degrees.

The ACRC report also noted that Barrow had the lowest mean temperature for May of 26.3 degrees, and Barrow also clocked the lowest recorded May temperature of 12 degrees.

Various locations in the state hit records throughout May.

“A very large number of record temperature events were reported for May, and unsurprisingly, almost all were new record highs, with only two new lows noted,” the ACRC’s report added.

Kodiak’s daily lows were actually warmer than in previous years.

“On (May) 17th in Kodiak the low of 60 degrees Fahrenheit was not only a new daily high minimum temperature, smashing the old record of 48 degrees Fahrenheit from 1981, it is the highest low ever for the entire month of May,” the report said.

Kodiak recorded four new daily highs were set in May as well as record dryness,

it added.

Despite the deluge on Friday, the weather for the next few days looks drier and pleasant.

“It looks like that low moves and we remain fairly dry with westerly winds,” Miller said.

Wednesday night through Thursday morning could bring a touch of drizzle, but nothing resembling last weekend’s rainstorm.

“Because it’s coming from the southwest it’s dumping all the moisture on the spine of the island. So we’ll get a trace, or a hundredth of an inch, for the whole day,” Miller said.

Contact Peter J. Mladineo at editor@kodiakdailymirror.com

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