Kodiak Daily Mirror - April temps slightly warmer than normal El Niño foreseen this summer
  
April temps slightly warmer than normal, El Niño foreseen this summer
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May 09, 2014 | 296 views | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A panoramic view from Mill Bay Beach on May 3, 2014. (Derek Clarkston photo)
A panoramic view from Mill Bay Beach on May 3, 2014. (Derek Clarkston photo)
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April temperatures in Kodiak clocked in slightly warmer than usual, while an El Niño warning from the National Weather Service held out the possibility for more warm and cloudy weather in coastal Alaska.

The Alaska Climate Research Center at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Geophysical Institute, reported a monthly mean temperature of 39.2 degrees Fahrenheit, which was 1.6 degrees lower than normal. The highest temperature recorded for the month was 51 Fahrenheit observed on both the April 29 and 30, while the lowest temperature of 19 degrees recorded on the April 9.

Looking forward, the National Weather Service’s climate prediction center issued an El Nino watch on Thursday, saying that this summer could see “more warm and cloudy weather on Alaska’s coast and more wildfire danger in the Interior this summer if a temperature trend in the waters of the Pacific Ocean along the equator continues.”

Recall last weekend’s stretch of warm and dry days, in which warm and dry air hovered over Kodiak for several days, with a record-high of 66 degrees on May 3.

Local weather forecasters said an El Niño could indeed bring more clouds to the Kodiak region, but heavy cloud cover could prevent any additional warmth.

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