Average Temperature

illustration courtesy Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium
October is the heart and soul of Autumn. The polar regions are cooling, and as that cold expands, the storm track shifts south. But the warm ocean waters still favor fair-weather high pressure systems building off the coast, sending the spells of “Gossamer” Summer warmth and haze. Snow often frosts the mountains, and occasionally teases skiers. October Records and Averages: warmest, 56.1°F in 2017; coldest, 39.1°F in 1925; wettest, 8.60 inches in 2005; driest, 0.29 inches in 1924.