Author Archives: Mark Albright

Warm early November 2012 in Walla Walla WA

The temperature reached 71 F at Walla Walla Airport on both 4 and 5 November 2012. While well above normal (54 F) it doesn’t come close to the November record high temperature of 80 F on 4 November 1975.

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Early 90 degrees in eastern Washington: 23 April 2012

Yakima, Hanford, and The Dalles all reported a high temperature of 90 degrees today.  At Yakima and Hanford this is the earliest date to reach 90 degrees.  The previous record for both stations had been 24 April 1977 when Hanford … Continue reading

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20 Years of Cooling at the Hanford climate station

Perhaps the most reliable rural climate record for the state of Washington is maintained 25 miles NW of Richland WA on the Hanford Reservation. Annual mean temperatures at the Hanford climate station have come full circle. At the beginning of … Continue reading

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Fairbanks AK, cold start to January 2012

12 of the first 18 days of January 2012 have seen low temperatures at or below -40 in Fairbanks AK. This includes -48 F on both 14 and 15 January, the coldest temperature in nearly 6 years. The temperature departure … Continue reading

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Hard freeze hits San Francisco Bay Area, 17 January 2012

Temperatures reached into the high teens and low 20s in parts of the SF Bay Area this morning (17 Jan 2012): *Napa 1 E: 16.6 F Vacaville: 18 Fairfield: 18 Napa Airport: 19 Santa Rosa: 21 Livermore: 24 * Reported … Continue reading

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-48 F recorded at Fairbanks AK, 14 Jan 2012

The temperature last night dropped down to -48 F at Fairbanks, the coldest temperature of the winter so far. This very cold air is associated with unusually high surface pressure. The highest sea-level pressure reported from Alaska this morning may … Continue reading

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38 consecutive days of precipitation at Yakutat AK ends 14 Jan 2012

With a cold dry day on 14 Jan 2012 the 38 consecutive day period with measurable precipitation came to an end at Yakutat AK. Every day from 7 December through 13 January 2012 saw measurable precipitation averaging 0.56 inches per … Continue reading

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Nome reaches above zero for 1st time in 3 weeks, 14 Jan 2012

Nome AK reached +1 F on 14 January 2012, the first time the temperature has climbed above zero since 23 December when the high temperature reached +4 F. So far through the first 14 days of January 2012 Nome has … Continue reading

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81 mph wind observed at Crown Point OR on 12 January 2012

Strong east winds were observed today (12 Jan 2012) in the Columbia Gorge as a high pressure center moved south through the intermountain region today. The pressure gradient reached a maximum of 9.6 hPa between The Dalles and Troutdale at … Continue reading

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Large range of temperature across the West, 4 Jan 2012

On 4 Jan 2012 the temperature ranged from a scorching 91 F at San Gabriel CA (latitude 34 N) to -55 F at McGrath AK (latitude 63 N), a difference of 146 degrees F across 29 degrees of latitude, or … Continue reading

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