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October was unusually dry with slightly above normal temperatures in the Kenai Fjords area. There was no measurable precipitation at the Seward airport for two-thirds of the month (20 days) leaving the total monthly precipitation far below normal. Combined with the below-normal precipitation that characterized most of the spring and summer, Seward was at a cumulative 13.2 inch deficit for annual precipitation by the end of the month. Daily high temperatures ranged from 35 to 56 degrees F. On October 13th, a high of 54 degrees F tied the daily record high for the date set in 1969. Nighttime lows varied from 24 to 42 degrees F. October 1st marked the first frost of the season as recorded at the Seward airport.
As recorded at the Seward airport, the monthly average temperature for October was 40.3 degrees F; 0.7 degrees F above the 30-year normal. The total precipitation was 2.9 inches (31% of normal), 6.45 inches below the 30-year normal (1981-2010) for the month.
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Last updated: December 4, 2017