August, at least by South Pole standards, was warm down there. Record breaking for the month of August, as a matter of fact.
|Average temperatures at the South Pole. Click image for full size. Via Wunderground & Wikipedia.|
Closer to home, record early season chill occurred in Alaska last week. Bettles, AK, dropped to 15 degrees last Saturday, setting a record low for the date and for their earliest sub 20 degree morning on record (going back to 1945). That 15 wasn't even the coldest low in Alaska -- Norutak Lake dropped to 13. Neither of those are state cold records for August...but still darn cold for this time of the year, regardless of location! The not-so intriguing point about the cold snap in Interior Alaska is that it came on the heels of a rather warm summer for them...meteorological yin and yang at work, perhaps on a somewhat more extreme scale.