Kenai Fjords National Park Weather Summary – May 2013

After a cooler than normal April, it was a welcome relief to have May arrive and bring with it warmer temperatures and a taste of summer.  Temperatures at the Seward airport were above freezing on all days except for four; the last day in May that below-freezing temperatures were recorded was the 15th. The most outstanding weather phenomena of the month were the clear skies and warm temperatures enjoyed around Memorial Day weekend which led up to an unbelievable 80 degrees F on May 28th. This set a new record high for the day, breaking the former record set in 1993 when it reached 74 degrees F. It should also be noted that this was the first time since July 2009 that Seward’s temperatures exceeded 80 degrees F. However, this was not the warmest day ever experienced in Seward during the month of May; on May 10, 1964 the temperatures soared to 83 degrees F.

As recorded at the Seward airport, total precipitation for the month was 5.74 inches (170% of normal), 2.37 inches above the 30-year average (1981-2010) for the month. The monthly average temperature for May was 44.5 degrees F; 1.88 degrees F below the 30-year average. May 18th was the windiest day of the month reported at the Seward airport with sustained winds of 18 mph and a 5-second wind gust of 39 mph.

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