July in Fairbanks was warmer than normal. The monthly mean was 64.3 degrees Fahrenheit or 1.8 degrees above the long-term mean for the month. The monthly mean temperature was 2.5 degrees cooler than June. The highest temperature of the month, 88 degrees Fahrenheit, occurred July 28. The month’s coldest temperature, 47 degrees, was observed on the 5th and 6th. In terms of the average temperature, July 2013 was the 14th warmest on record in 108 years. July saw nine days where the temperature hit 80 degrees or warmer, which brought the summer’s total to 30 days and ties the record set in the summer of 2004.
Like June, July's precipitation was lighter than normal. There was 1.01 inches of precipitation, just 47 percent of the expected amount. This total makes July 2013 the 17th driest July in the last 101 years. The 0.51 inches that fell on the 18th was slightly more than half the monthly total. The average wind speed was 5.2 mph. The highest wind speed for July was 31 mph from a westerly direction recorded on the 1st.
For more details on July 2013 weather, visit the Alaska Climate Research Center at http://climate.gi.alaska.edu.