Well November history here and we stayed at the 8th snowy month . Two big storms in the Bering as they swept along the chain. The first really bombed out with an drop of 55 mb in 24 hours with winds gusting to 95 knots at Adak and Attu. The second one hot on it heels still pushed it with winds gusting over 75 knots. %0 foot seas in the bomb and the second had 45 foot seas. Lot of fun sailing in the chain in the winter on the Dutch/Adak run. Temperature high for Nov @ Fairbanks was 30 deg with the low coming in at -29. Here 350 feet higher the low was -27 and my high was 30 above.
So far December been warm compared to the standard temps we mostly see. Pass 2 days we have had a high 0f 35 with temps staying 30 or better late into the night due to Chinook winds as the Tanana Jet became active again. 50 MPH with gusting to 70 at Delta Junction as the winds flowed over the Alaska Range from the south.
Under an winter storm advisory here. 10-20 inches of snow expected along an trough that runs from Fairbanks south to the coast. Thompson pass can get possible up to 30 inches according to TV WX. In that area an warning is up and travel on the Richerson from Isbel Pass south to Valdez is not advise. Here excert from forecast discussion.
Central and Eastern Interior: A front moving north over the
Interior will bring a quick round of snowfall tonight into
Wednesday for areas north and west of Fairbanks snowfall from
this system will generally be one to two inches. A strong push of
moisture from the south is expected to bring significant snowfall
to the eastern Alaska Range beginning tonight. Current NAM and GFS
differ from previous runs in that they all have significantly
lower QPF values along the Parks Highway corridor from Denali NP
northward to Fairbanks. The ECMWF does have more QPF along this
corridor; however we didn’t favor it since it is somewhat of an
outlier. The current NAM run actually keeps all of the snow east
of Fairbanks while the current GFS still brings in some. Our
afternoon forecast package will contain significantly lower PoPs
over Fairbanks than inherited from the previous shift. Snowfall
with this push of moisture will end Wednesday night. Another front
will move northward across the Interior Thursday night into early
Friday; however the models have difference in timing of this
feature at this point. At any rate it will bring a few inches of
It has been modify from the earlier discussion but we will just have to see.
0100 here and temp is still at 33 deg. F
Dwpt 24 F
Wind 2 kts from the east gusting 5
Well hope everyone had good turkey day
Stay well, stay warm and keep an log on the fire.
By the way that the noon day sun in the photo. 4 hour and 45 minutes of daylight now. By the 21 th we will be down to 3 hour 45 minutes.