Juneau didn’t break the record for rainiest July, but the capital city still got almost double the amount of rain it normally does.
As of Wednesday afternoon, the Juneau airport had gotten 8.26 inches. July rainfall usually averages just over four and a half inches.
In contrast, this month’s temperatures were pretty normal, with an average of around 58 degrees.
The National Weather Service and Climate Prediction Center had forecasted a warmer and drier than normal July.
As National Weather Service meteorologist Tim Steffen explains, that didn’t happen.
“The weather pattern got kind of locked in place with the large low pressure system in the Gulf of Alaska and that kept winds blowing in off the water which is a more moist and wet wind regime for us, instead of getting a large high pressure system over us and the winds blowing from Canada, which is a lot drier,” Steffen says.
1997 saw the wettest July with 10.36 inches of rain. Steffen says this July will be the second wettest on record.
But the rest of the week looks dry and warm.
- Gov. Bill Walker has signed legislation he says will provide more timber for Alaska’s mills. But it probably won’t be that much of an increase.
- The state department of Health and Social Services announced the first known case of the Zika virus in the state July 22, belonging to a patient treated at SEARHC’s Mt. Edgcumbe Hospital in Sitka.
- Bristol Bay is home to the largest sockeye salmon fishery in the world. The 2 billionth salmon was landed sometime, by someone, on July 6, 2016.
- The Alaska Supreme Court overturned the state’s parental notification law for minors who are seeking abortions.