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.