October in Bethel is the second warmest in 65 years of records

by Ben Matheson on November 1, 2013

This October will go down as the second warmest on record, according to the National weather service. With an average temperature of 38.2 degrees, it’s 7.9 degrees above the historical norm going back to 1948. It’s second only to 2006, when the average was .3 degrees warmer at 38.5. It’s only frozen 15 days.

Brian Warren is a Meteorological Technician for the National Weather Service in Bethel. He says the warm weather was due in part to a weather pattern called the Pineapple Express.

“[It leads to] a southwest flow…it was bringing a lot of the warm moist air up from Hawaii into the North Pacific, Bering Sea, and Southwest Alaska,” said Warren.

There was also a large area of high pressure that moves south and allows a series of low pressure systems to come across the Bering Sea and into the YK Delta. That brought consistent rain showers, enough to double the normal precipitation and tally 4.22 inches. There’s been no measurable snow, just a trace on three days. The average is 3.9 inches of snow for the month.

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