June 2014 Monthly Weather Summary
Contact: Deb Kurtz, (907) 422-0544
The Kenai Fjords area saw a return to more normal temperatures in June, but the dry conditions that characterized the spring continued throughout the month. June was the fifth consecutive month of below average precipitation as recorded at the Seward airport. By June 30th, there was a deficit of 10.8 inches of precipitation (62.5% of normal) for the first half of 2014. The lack of precipitation was hard to miss during the pollen season. Without rain to wash the pollen to the ground these lime green particles were observed in giant smoke-like plumes drifting from the forested slopes of Kenai Fjords and provided a chartreuse coating on everything from vehicles to vegetation to the glacier-fed waters of the fjords. The dry conditions were paired with typical daytime temperatures, mostly in the 50s and 60s, with a maximum temperature of 76 degrees F recorded on June 28th.
As recorded at the Seward airport,the monthly average temperature for June was 51.9 degrees F; 0.3 degrees below the 30-year normal. Thetotal precipitation was 0.74 inches (31% of normal), 1.68 inches below the 30-year normal (1981-2010) for the month.
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Did You Know?
Snowfall on the Harding Icefield can exceed 100 feet each year. After 4-10 years of compression snow turns into glacial ice.