Rainfall breaks a daily record

July precipitation slightly above average

Posted: Friday, July 29, 2005

Juneau residents have been sloshing through their work week, coping with a record rainfall.

"Yesterday I didn't wear a jacket and I got drenched," said Diane Andre, about Wednesday's downpour. The rain forced her to stop fishing on Wednesday, but she brought rain gear Thursday and was back after salmon in the rain.

July has seen slightly above-average precipitation.

The Juneau office of the National Weather Service showed that rain Wednesday was 1.14 inches, which was higher than the record of 1 inch for July 27 set in 1966.

Forecaster Jim Truitt said two weather conditions were at work: a flow regime that swooped in from warmer climes to the south was carrying a lot of water, and a band of showers hovered over Juneau International Airport, the place where the weather service gets its readings.

On days earlier this month, rainfall reached 0.7 inches and 0.65 inches. But the majority of this month saw levels closer to the average July rainfall, which is around 0.1 inches, according to the weather service.

"We're not that far off from what we usually get," Truitt said.

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For weather information, go to http://pajk.arh.noaa.gov/index.php

Showers are expected today, Saturday and Sunday night and rain should continue through next week with a few breaks of cloudy skies.

June was a slightly warmer month than July, with two days reaching to 80 degrees. But it was cooler and wetter than June 2004 statistics. Juneau had only one day of fair skies last month.

June and July last year were warmer and drier. June had a week of record-high temperatures in the mid-80s. Both months had weeks of no rainfall.

This year, Juneau saw an unusually warm spring with two records set in April and May of temperatures in the mid-70s.

• Andrew Petty can be reached at andrew.petty@juneauempire.com

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