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.
- Alaska U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski said she needs time to review a health care bill drafted by fellow Republicans to understand its effects.
- Advocacy group Alaska Trails sent a letter to let Gov. Bill Walker know that transportation funds are at risk. Alaska returned $2.6 million to the U.S. Department of Transportation last September.
- The Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association has been trying to move a majority of its net pens in the Tutka Bay Lagoon to the head of Tutka Bay for about four years. The hotly debated issue has led to packed community meetings and questions about the impact of raising fish in the area.
- A lot of science involves happy accidents. A retired scientist from Oregon stepped off the ferry in Sitka late last month, and on a hunch decided to look around the woods for an old friend.