New information from the Alaska Climate Research Center backs up what Kodiakans already know — August was cooler than normal.
According to information released Thursday by the state’s chief climate researchers, Kodiak’s average August temperature was 53.7 degrees, a degree and a half below normal. The highest temperature of the month was 69 degrees, coming on a sunny Aug. 26, while the coolest temperature of the month was 41 degrees on a clear Aug. 18 night.
That mark was the lowest temperature ever recorded on Aug. 18, breaking the record of 42 degrees set in 1985.
In addition to continuing this summer’s cool trend, August saw Kodiak keep up its dry year. Only 3.18 inches of rain fell on the city in August, 1.38 inches below normal.
Since the start of the year, Kodiak is more than a foot below its normal precipitation. Through Aug. 31, the National Weather Service reporting station at Kodiak State Airport measured 33.41 inches of snow and rain, 13.38 inches below normal.