August in Fairbanks was warmer than normal, with a monthly mean temperature of 59.4 degrees Fahrenheit or 3.3 degrees above the long-term mean of 56.1 degrees for the month. The highest temperature was 85 degrees on the 1st and 7th. The high temperature on the 7th was a new daily record, breaking the 1968 record of 83 degrees. The coldest temperature for the month, 34 degrees Fahrenheit, was observed on the 25th. Temperatures were above normal for the first 19 days and then tended to be below normal until the end of the month. In terms of the average temperature, August 2013 was the 11th warmest on record (107 years). August saw six days where the temperature hit 80 degrees or warmer. This brought the total to 36 days with temperatures 80 degrees or warmer for the summer and it breaks the record of 30 days set in the summer of 2004.
August was the only month this summer when precipitation was above normal, with 2.02 inches, just 7 percent above the expected amount of 1.88 inches. The 0.68 inches that fell on the 23rd was a new daily record that broke the record of 0.50 inches from 2003. The average wind speed was 4 mph, with the highest wind speed recorded on the 29th at 26 mph. That gust came from a westerly direction.
To read more from the August edition of the Alaska Weather Summary, visit the Alaska Climate Research Center site here.