Alaska Weather Summary


AWAK88 PAVW 220041
RWSAK

ALASKA WEATHER SUMMARY
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NOME AK
341 PM AKST SUN DEC 21 2014

THE SURFACE WEATHER MAP HAD A VERY LARGE AREA OF LOW PRESSURE WITH
MULTIPLE LOW CENTERS FROM THE NORTH PACIFIC OCEAN NORTHEASTWARD TO
THE SOUTHEAST CORNER OF MAINLAND ALASKA.  THE STRONGEST CENTER WAS
JUST EAST OF KODIAK ISLAND AND ANOTHER CENTER OVER PRINCE WILLIAM
SOUND.  A WEAKER LOW CENTER WAS JUST OFF THE SOUTHEAST PANHANDLE
COAST AND A SEPARATE CENTER WAS OVER THE SOUTH BERING SEA.  A WEATHER
FRONT WAS OVER THE ALASKA PENINSULA STRETCHING NORTHEAST...THROUGH
TWO OF THE LOW CENTERS...TO THE NORTHERN PANHANDLE.  THREE PRESSURE
TROUGHS  WERE ROTATING AROUND THE LOW PRESSURE PATTERN...ONE IN THE
SOUTHEAST INTERIOR...ANOTHER FROM THE NORTHERN INTERIOR TO THE
EASTERN ARCTIC...AND ONE ACROSS THE SOUTHERN CHUKCHI SEA.  HIGH
PRESSURE WAS DOMINATING NORTHEAST RUSSIA.

CLOUDY SKIES WERE OVER THE SOUTHEAST PANHANDLE...THE
SOUTHCENTRAL...ALASKA PENINSULA...MOST OF THE ALEUTIANS...THE WESTERN
PORTIONS OF THE SOUTHWEST...AND THE ARCTIC REGION.  PARTLY CLOUDY
SKIES WERE OVER THE SOUTHEAST...INTERIOR...AND THE NORTHWEST REGION. 
PRECIPITATION FELL AS RAIN ON THE SOUTHEAST PANHANDLE AND SNOW WAS
REPORTED IN THE SOUTHCENTRAL REGION.  RAIN WAS NOTED EARLY AT DUTCH
HARBOR IN THE ALEUTIANS BUT CHANGED TO SNOW IN THE LATE MORNING AND
SNOW FELL AT COLD BAY AS WELL.  SNOW FELL ON THE ARCTIC
REGION...NUMEROUS LOCATIONS ALONG THE BERING STRAIT COAST...AND THE
WESTERN PORTION OF THE YUKON-KUSKOKWIM DELTA.

GUSTY NORTHERLY WINDS WERE NOTED ALONG THE ALEUTIANS...THROUGH THE
BERING STRAIT REGION...AND ALONG THE WEST COAST OF THE ARCTIC REGION.
 THE STRONGEST WIND NOTED WAS A 72 MILE PER HOUR GUST EARLY IN THE
DAY AT CAPE ROMANZOF WHERE GUSTS WERE STILL GREATER THAN 55 MPH IN
THE AFTERNOON.

AFTERNOON TEMPERATURES WERE IN THE UPPER 30S TO MID 40S IN THE
SOUTHEAST PANHANDLE AND ALONG THE GULF OF ALASKA COAST WHILE IN THE
LOW TO UPPER 30S FROM THE SOUTHCENTRAL REGION THROUGH THE ALEUTIANS. 
THE BRISTOL BAY REGION HAD TEMPERATURES IN THE TEENS WHILE THE REST
OF THE SOUTHWEST...NORTHWEST...AND WESTERN ARCTIC REGIONS HAD SINGLE
DIGITS ABOVE ZERO.  THE INTERIOR AND REMAINDER OF THE ARCTIC HAD
SINGLE DIGITS BELOW TO SINGLE DIGITS ABOVE ZERO FOR TEMPERATURES.

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RWM DEC 14