Alaska’s three largest cities saw below-normal temperatures in July.
The National Weather Service says the average monthly temperature for Fairbanks was 60.8 degrees, 1.7 degrees below average. In Anchorage, it was 55.5 degrees, 3.3 degrees below average. In Juneau the average monthly temperature was 54.9 degrees, down 2 degrees from average.
It was also wet. Meteorologist Dan Peterson says Anchorage, for example, got 2.14 inches of rain last month. That’s 1.96 inches above average.
Peterson says he’d love to say the weather’s going to change but that doesn’t appear to be the case. He says there might be a couple nicer days here and there, before it’s back to the same pattern that’s played out this summer.
The track of the jet stream is blamed for the wet, cool conditions.
- The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning until Saturday morning for Mendenhall River and surrounding area.
- Large projects can often be contentious, and two of the most debated state projects in the past few years have been the Knik Arm Crossing and the Susitna-Watana Hydroelectric Project.
- Gov. Bill Walker announced an additional $10 million cut to the University of Alaska.
- The largest share of that cut is to the account the state uses to partially reimburse local governments for school bonds.