August 2012 Weather Summary
Contact: Deb Kurtz, 907-422-0544
Based on the average seasonal weather pattern for Kenai Fjords, August typically brings slightly cooler temperatures and increased rain, providing a transition away from summer conditions toward fall. However, 2012 has not mirrored the normal weather pattern perfectly, at least not in regards to this summer's precipitation. Lower than average rainfall in August resulted in a significantly lower (drier) precipitation total than the 30-year monthly normal while the average temperature for August was slightly cooler than normal. In comparison with July's record low monthly temperature and higher than average precipitation, August was slightly warmer and, surprisingly, drier than July, creating more summer-like conditions later in the season than were experienced mid-season.
As recorded at the Seward airport, total precipitation for the month was 3.11 inches (55% of normal), 2.5 inches below the August average. The monthly average temperature was 53.7 degrees F; 2 degrees F below the 30-year August average (1981-2010). August 28th was the windiest day of the month at the Seward airport with an average wind speed of 13.2 mph. Average daily winds recorded at the Seward airport remained below 10 mph for all but four days in August.
Also of note:
Did You Know?
River otters defecate in certain spots to mark their territory. Researchers in Kenai Fjords National Park have discovered that these "latrine sites" enrich the soil, allowing plants to grow in those spots that aren't found anywhere else close by.