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After wet weekend, sunny weather beckons in Southeast

Temps in 50s forecast for Juneau

Posted: May 5, 2013 - 12:13am

Chalk it up to the dynamic weather of springtime in the Pacific Northwest.

After another damp weekend and even shaking off some soggy snowfall this past Tuesday, it appears Juneauites will be rewarded with a week of sunshine and high temperatures above 50 degrees Fahrenheit, if the National Weather Service’s forecast holds.

Meteorologist Nicole Hannon of the Juneau Forecast Office said Sunday and early Monday may see some continuing showers, but as the new week dawns, the worst of the rainy weather will be over.

“After this heavy rain event goes through … on Sunday itself, the rain will start to taper off, become more scattered through the day,” said Hannon, explaining, “The low will be moving off into Canada and down south, and there will be a high-pressure (area) building into the Gulf of Alaska. And so that’s going to give us a northwesterly flow over the Panhandle, which is usually a drier flow.”

Hannon compared the sunny week in Juneau’s forecast with stretches of clear weather earlier this year, but said there is likely to be one major difference.

“It will be more moderated and not feel as cold as the north winds did before,” Hannon said.

Juneau should stay dry and relatively warm, by Southeast Alaska spring standards, through Friday, according to the forecast.

Hannon hedged a bit on the forecast of sun, noting that sometimes, conditions can change just enough for a layer of stratus clouds to form overhead, blocking direct sunlight.

“It’ll stay dry despite that,” Hannon added. “It won’t rain.”

Sun-starved Southeast residents can only hope.

• Contact reporter Mark D. Miller at 523-2279 or at mark.d.miller@juneauempire.com.

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