Another rain record broken

By July 10, 2012Outdoors

Juneau broke another rain record in the last 24 hours.

Monday’s steady downpour brought 1.64 inches of rain to the Juneau International Airport, which broke the previous record of .96 inches in 1984.

As if that wasn’t enough, says National Weather Service meteorologist Tim Steffen, the airport got .70 (nearly three-quarters) of an inch between midnight and 10 a.m. Tuesday.

Steffen says 15 rainfall records were set Monday in Southeast Alaska, several at various weather stations in Juneau, and at the Haines Airport, Sitka Airport, Hoonah, Pelican, Thorne Bay and Annette Island.

“The highest report we got was Snettisham, at 2.02 inches”, Steffen says. Snettisham is about 40 miles south of Juneau.

Monday’s temperature in the capital city also tied a 2008 record, according to Steffen.

“Fifty-four degrees was the lowest high temperature we’ve ever had,” he says.

Steffen blames the record rains on a “quick-hitting,” potent low system that blew through the Panhandle.

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