Monthly Climate Summary - Kotzebue


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CLIMATE REPORT 
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE KOTZEBUE, AK
555 AM AKST WED MAR 4 2015
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...THE KOTZEBUE WSO AP CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY 2015...

CLIMATE NORMAL PERIOD 1981 TO 2010
CLIMATE RECORD PERIOD 1898 TO 2015

WEATHER         OBSERVED          NORMAL  DEPART  LAST YEAR\'S
                 VALUE   DATE(S)  VALUE   FROM    VALUE  DATE(S)
                                          NORMAL
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TEMPERATURE (F)
RECORD
 HIGH              40   2/07/1989 
 LOW              -52   2/24/1968 
HIGHEST            37   2/22         29       8      34  2/27  
LOWEST            -17               -31      14     -24  2/13  
AVG. MAXIMUM       17.1               6.3    10.8    11.6    
AVG. MINIMUM        3.3              -7.8    11.1    -1.0   
MEAN               10.2              -0.8    11.0     5.3
DAYS MAX >= 90      0                 0.0     0.0     0
DAYS MAX <= 32     23                26.1    -3.1    27
DAYS MAX >= 80      0                 0.0     0.0     0
DAYS MAX >= 70      0                 0.0     0.0     0
DAYS MIN <= 32     27                27.3    -0.3    28
DAYS MIN <= 0      14                18.3    -4.3    15

PRECIPITATION (INCHES)
RECORD
 MAXIMUM            4.04   2009   
 MINIMUM            0.00   1979
TOTALS              0.49              0.66   -0.17    0.17
DAILY AVG.          0.02              0.03   -0.01    0.01
DAYS >= .01        11                 7.4     3.6     5
DAYS >= .10         2                 1.8     0.2     0
DAYS >= .50         0                 0.1    -0.1     0
DAYS >= 1.0         0                 0.0     0.0     0
GREATEST
 24 HR TOTAL        0.15   2/23                       0.08  2/28        

SNOWFALL (INCHES)
RECORDS
 TOTAL             47.4   2009
 24 HR TOTAL        9.9   2-17-2011
 SNOW DEPTH       191     2-23-1931    
TOTALS              3.3               9.6    -6.3     1.2   
SINCE 7/1          14.4              41.7   -27.3    25.0   
SNOWDEPTH AVG.      4                20     -16       7
DAYS >= TRACE      15                12.5     2.5     9
DAYS >= 1.0         1                 2.6    -1.6     0
DAYS >= 6.0         0                 0.1    -0.1     0
GREATEST
 SNOW DEPTH         5   2/28                          7  2/28  
 24 HR TOTAL      1.1   2/20                        0.5  2/28  

DEGREE_DAYS
HEATING TOTAL    1592              1843    -251    1730 
 SINCE 7/1       8916             10242   -1326    8997
COOLING TOTAL       0                 0       0       0
 SINCE 1/1          0                 0       0       0
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WIND (MPH)                        
AVERAGE WIND SPEED               11.1
HIGHEST WIND SPEED/DIRECTION     40/280    DATE   02/28
HIGHEST GUST SPEED/DIRECTION     47/290    DATE   02/28

SKY COVER
POSSIBLE SUNSHINE (PERCENT)   MM                                      
AVERAGE SKY COVER             MM
NUMBER OF DAYS FAIR           MM
NUMBER OF DAYS PC             MM
NUMBER OF DAYS CLOUDY         MM

AVERAGE RH (PERCENT)     MM

WEATHER CONDITIONS. NUMBER OF DAYS WITH
THUNDERSTORM              0     ICE PELLETS                 0
RAIN                      3     GLAZE                       0
DRIZZLE                   0     HAIL                        0
SNOW                     16     HAZE                        0
FOG                      18     FOG W/VIS <= 1/4 MILE       1
BLOWING SNOW              6


-  INDICATES NEGATIVE NUMBERS.
R  INDICATES RECORD WAS SET OR TIED.
MM INDICATES DATA IS MISSING.
T  INDICATES TRACE AMOUNT.

&&
...A WARM FEBRUARY IN KOTZEBUE...

THE STREAK OF ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES IN THE ARCTIC CONTINUED DURING FEBRUARY. 
THE MONTH BEGAN ABOVE NORMAL WITH THE INFLUENCE OF HIGH PRESSURE IN THE CENTRAL 
INTERIOR AND A TROUGH ALONG THE WEST COAST BRINGING IN WARM AIR. A TROUGH SWINGING 
THROUGH THE ARCTIC FUNNELED IN MUCH COLDER AIR FROM SIBERIA AFTER THE FIRST COUPLE 
OF DAYS OF THE MONTH. THE COLDER TEMPERATURES PERSISTED UNTIL MID MONTH AS A MORE 
ACTIVE PATTERN SETUP OVER THE AREA DURING THE SECOND HALF OF THE MONTH. A SERIES OF 
SYSTEMS IMPACTED THE AREA WITH SNOW...RAIN...AND FREEZING RAIN ALONG WITH WARM AIR 
THAT WAS ADVECTED UP THE WEST COAST AHEAD OF EACH SYSTEM.

TEMPERATURES...THE MONTH CONTINUED A TREND OF ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES FOR THE 
AREA. THE AVERAGE DAILY MAXIMUM...AVERAGE DAILY MINIMUM...AND AVERAGE DAILY 
TEMPERATURE WERE THE THIRD WARMEST IN STATION HISTORY. THERE WERE SEVERAL DAILY 
MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE RECORDS...AND A FEW HIGH MINIMUM TEMPERATURE RECORDS SET ALL IN 
THE SECOND HALF OF THE MONTH.

NEW RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURES

        NEW RECORD       OLD RECORD
2/17        32            30 IN 2006
2/22        37            31 IN 1903
2/23        36            33 IN 2011
2/26        35            31 IN 2014

NEW HIGH MINIMUM TEMPERATURES

        NEW RECORD     OLD RECORD
2/21      27            19 IN 2010
2/22      33            22 IN 1942

RECORDS TIED

2/21...TIED A RECORD SET BACK IN 2010
2/26...TIED A RECORD SET BACK IN 1981


PRECIPITATION...THE VILLAGE SAW SEVENTY FOUR PERCENT OF THE AVERAGE FOR THE MONTH. 
THERE WERE ONLY ELEVEN DAYS WHERE PRECIPITATION WAS NOT OBSERVED DURING THE MONTH. 
FINALLY...BOTH FREEZING RAIN AND RAIN IN ADDITION TO SNOWFALL WAS OBSERVED DURING 
THE MONTH.
  
      

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CKELLY MAR 15