Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Another snowstorm...

Like October, December started with a snowstorm. This time we got almost 8 inches of snow over two days. It was a good excuse to finally get outside and push some snow around with the tractor. And now we can quit worrying about the septic freezing up like it did 2 years ago when we didn't get much snow until new years. As for November, here's the NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE's monthly summary: "November 2014 was warm and dry overall with no significant cold snaps or large storms for the Fairbanks area. The average high temperature was 19.0 degrees which was 8.1 degrees above the normal high and ranked as the 20th warmest of 110 years of record. The average low temperature was 2.5 degrees above the average low temperature and ranked as the 20th warmest. The average temperature for the month was 10.8 degrees which was 8.2 degrees above average and ranked as the 19th warmest on record . November was very dry with the first measurable snow not occurring until the 25th when 2.6 inches of snow fell at the airport. For the month, only 3.8 inches of snow fell which was 9.4 inches below the normal snow fall of 13.2 inches. This ranks as the 85th snowiest November of 99 years of record. Only 0.18 inches of water equivalent fell which was 0.49 inches below the normal of 0.67 inches. This ranks as the 15th driest of 100 years of record. Looking forward to December, the average high temperature drops from 7 above on the 1st to 2 above on the 31st. the average low drops from 11 below on the 1st to 16 below on the 31st. In the last 109 years temperatures have varied by 120 degrees, from a high of 58 above in 1934 to a low of 62 below in 1961. Average snowfall is 12 inches but has been as much as 50.7 inches in 1984 to as little as a trace in 1969. The long term outlook for Fairbanks for December calls for increased chances for above normal temperatures and equal chances for above or below normal precipitation. December is the darkest month of the year with possible sunshine decreasing from 4 hours and 41 minutes on the 1st to the annual minimum of 3 hours and 42 minutes on the winter solstice. By the 31st possible sunshine increases to 3 hours and 58 minutes gaining 16 minutes along the long climb back to the summer solstice in June."

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