Middle Tanana Valley Severe Watches & Warnings NOAA Weather Radio

Special Statement
Statement as of 2:11 PM AKDT on August 01, 2014

Rising stages on area rivers

A weather front has moved in from the northwest and lies over eastern interior Alaska and the western Alaska Range. At noon Friday substantial rain had fallen from the Tanana River North...with more expected. The front continues to move south and east. A period of steady rain with the passage of the front is followed by intermittent rain...which will gradually become less frequent through Saturday and Saturday night. Total rainfall between three quarters of an inch and one and one half inches is expected through Sunday morning...most of which will fall by early Saturday.

This rain will be sufficient to cause noticeable rises on area rivers. Flooding of roads or structures is not expected... but some streams will rise above bankfull...gravel bars will be submerged...and bank erosion will occur in some areas.

211 PM akdt Fri Aug 1 2014

Rising stages on area rivers

A weather front has moved in from the northwest and lies over eastern interior Alaska and the western Alaska Range. At noon Friday substantial rain had fallen from the Tanana River North...with more expected. The front continues to move south and east. A period of steady rain with the passage of the front is followed by intermittent rain...which will gradually become less frequent through Saturday and Saturday night. Total rainfall between three quarters of an inch and one and one half inches is expected through Sunday morning...most of which will fall by early Saturday.

This rain will be sufficient to cause noticeable rises on area rivers. Flooding of roads or structures is not expected... but some streams will rise above bankfull...gravel bars will be submerged...and bank erosion will occur in some areas.

Public Information Statement
Statement as of 11:25 am AKDT on August 1, 2014

...Monthly weather summary for Fairbanks Alaska...

Second wettest July on record in Fairbanks...July 2014 will go down in the record books as the second wettest July of 102 years of record with 5.78 inches of rain falling at the Fairbanks International Airport. This was 3.62 inches above the normal July rainfall of 2.16 inches. The 5.78 inches of rain that fell at the Airport was just short of the wettest July on record for Fairbanks which occurred in 2003 when 5.96 inches of rain fell.

A daily record for rainfall occurred on the 1st when 1.92 inches of rain fell at the Airport. 1.44 inches of rain fell on the 2nd of July and was the fifth largest daily rainfall for a day in July and overlapped with a portion of the rainfall on the 1st for a new 24 hour July rainfall total record of 2.83 inches.

Summer season 2014 continues to be very wet as the second wettest July on record followed on the heels of the wettest June on record at the Fairbanks Airport. An incredible 9.34 inches of rain has fallen at the Airport during the period from 1 June through 31 July. This ranks as the wettest June through July period on record and surpasses the second wettest June through July period which occurred in 1949 when 7.02 inches of rain fell. The Summer season...June through August...for 2014 already ranks as the 6th wettest Summer season on record in Fairbanks...and does not include any rainfall for August...underscoring just how wet it has been so far this Summer.

Persistent clouds that accompanied the abundant precipitation in July contributed to July 2014 ranking as the 19th coldest of 108 years of record for high temperatures. The average high temperature for July was 69.5 degrees which was 3.2 degrees below the normal average high temperature of 72.7 degrees. No record high temperature records where set in July 2014. The highest temperature was 87 degrees and occurred on the 6th. There were only two days in July 2014 that the temperature reached 80 degrees or higher as compared to 9 days in July 2013. The low temperature only fell to 65 degrees on the 6th and established a new record high low temperature for that date. The previous record high low temperature for the 6th of July was 61 degrees set in 1983 and tied again in 2008.

The coldest temperature during the month of July was 39 degrees and occurred on the 26th. The average low temperature for the month was 52.5 degrees which was only slightly above the normal low temperature of 52.3 degrees. The average temperature for the month was 61.0 degrees which was 1.5 degrees below the normal average temperature for July of 62.5 degrees and ranks as the 52nd coldest of 108 years of record.

Looking forward to August possible sunshine continues to decrease by nearly 7 minutes per day with daylight hours decreasing from 18 hours and 9 minutes on the 1st to 14 hours and 43 minutes on the 31st. The average daily high temperature decreases from 70 degrees on the 1st to 62 degrees on the 31st. The average daily low temperature decreases from 50 degrees on the 1st to 41 degrees on the 31st. An average of 1.88 inches of rain falls at the Fairbanks Airport during the month of August.

The forecast for the month of August from the climate prediction center calls for increased chances for above normal temperatures and equal chances for below normal...near normal or above normal precipitation.

Observed last month...07/2014

observed rank avg Max temp (f) 69.5 19th coldest of 108 years avg min temp (f) 52.5 30th warmest of 108 years avg temp (f) 61.0 52nd coldest of 108 years total precip (in) 5.78 2nd wettest of 102 years

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