Summer will probably get wetter

Posted: Thursday, July 19, 2001

Having sloshed through ski season, Juneau residents were ready for some sunshine. Instead we got nearly 13 inches of rain since April.

That's not entirely unusual, making it only the 17th wettest spring and summer in 58 years.

In April it rained, and even snowed, on the Alaska Folk Festival. May had only two dry days, with temperatures in the low 50s. The rest of the month it poured down a total of 5.19 inches, 1.78 inches above normal. June finally had two breaks in the clouds, with temperatures in the 60s and 70s for seven days in the month. Then July hit like a monsoon.

"It really started raining in July and it's been rainy ever since," Sam Simpson, a meteorological technician at the Juneau Weather Service, said on Tuesday.

Already July has had 1.85 inches more rain than normal, and the average high temperature has been 4.7 degrees below normal.

Historically April and June are the dry months in Juneau. The weather may still get warmer, but after mid-July the chance of rain and cloudy days increases. Precipitation peaks in October, a month when it rains about 70 percent of the time.

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