Summer weather trends, 2018 records

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - Summer has come to an end here in Fairbanks, with the start of the fall equinox. At the National Weather Service Station, located at the University, the men and woman stay on top of data and by looking at computer models and identifying patterns of present and past weather trends. There are three national weather stations in Alaska, one in Juneau, Anchorage, and Fairbanks.

Tyler Rodenbaugh, meteorologist with the NWS spoke about this summer's weather trends and some of the records that the state set in 2018.

"So this summer in Fairbanks, the temperatures and precipitation was all running fairly close to average. We actually started the summer pretty dry, which the June through July period was the tenth driest here in record, but then we made up for it in August, where we actually had the fourth wettest on record. We picked up about four inches of rainfall in August. And also with the temperatures, we did have a frost and freeze here in early June, which isn't uncommon, but it was a little more widespread than usual. We average our last date for a freeze here in mid-May. We also had most of our thunderstorms occur in the first half of the summer, in June, and we average about 10 or so and we had eight in June," said Rodenbaugh.