September was warm, wet and windy

Posted: Monday, October 01, 2001

JUNEAU If you thought September was damp, you're right.

Only one day, Sept. 9, was totally dry. Some rain fell on all other days, with measurable rain on 27 of the month's 30 days, said meteorological technician Jerry Painter of the National Weather Service.

Total rainfall for the month was 8.37 inches, 1.64 inches above normal. Most of this came in dribs and drabs, as there were no calendar days on which more than an inch came down. However, during a 24-hour period on the 12th and 13th, 1.54 inches fell. And six days had a precipitation of half an inch or more.

Total rainfall for the year is 43.52 inches, measured at Juneau Airport, about 6.4 inches above normal.

Temperatures were sufficiently balmy to keep mitten sales down. The average temperature was 50.3 degrees, 0.9 degrees above normal. The high was 66 degrees on Sept. 10, with a low of 34 on both the 10th and the 19th. On 24 of the 30 days of the month, highs were in the 50s. On 20 of the 30 days, lows were in the 40s, typical for the month.

Several days had gusts of wind in excess of 30 miles per hour. The peak wind on top of the Federal Building during September was 54 miles per hour on the 7th.

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