Wettest summer on record in Fairbanks

The city of Fairbanks has smashed — or, perhaps more appropriately, soaked — its record for wettest summer.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports a brief shower Friday pushed the summer precipitation total to 11.62 inches. That surpasses the record set in 1930.

This year’s total was spurred by unprecedented rainfall in June and near-record precipitation in July. August has been dry by comparison, with 2.28 inches of rain falling by Friday afternoon.

The official rain total is taken at Fairbanks International Airport, one of the driest locations in the area. Locations like Chatanika and Eielson can get considerably wetter.

Though the soggy summer led to flooded basements and canceled weekend plans, it did leave the Interior with its quietest wildfire season in more than a decade.