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John Wheeler, WDAY, Published June 27 2013

Weather Talk: Barrow, Alaska, experiences rare thundershower in June

The weather has been hot in Alaska this month. Fairbanks has had temperatures near 90 degrees all this week.

On June 14, Barrow, Alaska, the northernmost settlement in the United States, experienced a thundershower. Thunder is relatively rare on the North Slope of Alaska, with an average of about one occurrence per year. Some years go by without there being any thunder at all. Most of the time, the weather is just too cool, with average temperatures in the 30s and 40s all summer. But a few days during each summer month will warm into the 60s, which is warm enough for weak thermal updrafts to develop and help initiate weak thundershowers.

This was the first time since July 2012 that thunder had been observed in Barrow.


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